Strategies of Commitment and Other Essays
All of the essays in this new collection by Thomas Schelling convey his unique perspective on individuals and society. This perspective has several characteristics: it is strategic in that it assumes that an important part of people's behavior is motivated by the thought of influencing other people's expectations; it views the mind as being separable into two or more parts (rational/irrational; present-minded/future-minded); it is motivated by policy concerns--smoking and other addictions, global warming, segregation, nuclear war; and while it accepts many of the basic assumptions of economics--that people are forward-looking, rational decision makers, that resources are scarce, and that incentives are important--it is open to modifying them when appropriate, and open to the findings and insights of other social science disciplines.
Schelling--a 2005 Nobel Prize winner-- has been one of the four or five most important social scientists of the past fifty years, and this collection shows why.
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Strategies of Commitment 1
CLIMATE AND SOCIETY
What Makes Greenhouse Sense?
The Economic Diplomacy of Geoengineering
Intergenerational and International Discounting
COMMITMENT AS SELFCOMMAND
SelfCommand in Practice in Policy and in a Theory of Rational Choice
What Do Economists Know?
Why Does Economics Only Help with Easy Problems?
Prices as Regulatory Instruments
WEAPONS AND WARFARE
Meteors Mischief and War
Research by Accident
Reflections and Lessons
Coping Rationally with Lapses from Rationality
The Cigarette Experience
SOCIETY AND LIFE
Life Liberty or the Pursuit of Happiness
Should Numbers Determine Whom to Save?
ECONOMICS AND SOCIAL POLICY