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The Soulful Science: What Economists Really Do and Why It Matters. By Diane Coyle | SpringerLink

New Releases. Description To many, Thomas Carlyle's put-down of economics as "the dismal science" is as fitting now as it was years ago.

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But Diane Coyle argues that economics today is more soulful than dismal, a more practical and human science than ever before. Building on the popularity of books such as "Freakonomics" that have applied economic thinking to the paradoxes of everyday life, "The Soulful Science" describes the remarkable creative renaissance in how economics is addressing the most fundamental questions - and how it is starting to help solve problems such as poverty and global warming.

A lively and entertaining tour of the most exciting new economic thinking about big-picture problems, "The Soulful Science" uncovers the hidden humanization of economics over the past two decades. Coyle shows how better data, increased computing power, and techniques such as game theory have transformed economic theory and practice in recent years, enabling economists to make huge strides in understanding real human behavior.

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Using insights from psychology, evolution, and complexity, economists are revolutionizing efforts to solve the world's most serious problems by giving policymakers a new and vastly more accurate picture of human society than ever before. They are also building our capacity to understand how what we do today shapes what the world will look like tomorrow.

And the consequences of these developments for human life, for governments, and for businesses are only now starting to be realized - in areas such as resource auctions, pollution-credit trading, and monetary policy. Product details Format Hardback pages Dimensions x x Are Individuals Free to Choose? Review quote Coyle's style is very accessible, and this book is an excellent survey of the frontiers of economics for the general reader.

Students of economics at all levels will benefit, as the work's academic credentials are strong, with more than references to leading books and articles. Overall, The Soulful Science can be recommended highly. Coyle describes brilliantly the intellectual geography of her subject.

It's a trip worth taking, because what economists do has changed considerably in the past two decades, and the textbooks haven't kept up. Coyle, who is both a journalist and a Harvard-trained economist, is ideally suited to the role of tour guide: She understands economists as only a fellow economist can, and she can write, as most economists cannot.

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