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Identity Economics: How Our Identities Shape Our Work, Wages, and Well-Being Audiobook, by George Akerlof Extended Sample Click for printable size audiobook cover
Author: George Akerlof, George A. Akerlof, Rachel Kranton Narrator: Sean Pratt Publisher: Recorded Books: Gildan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2010 ISBN: 9781596595088
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In 1995, economist Rachel Kranton wrote future Nobel Prize–winner George Akerlof a letter insisting that his most recent paper was wrong. Identity, she argued, was the missing element that would help to explain why people—facing the same economic circumstances—would make different choices. This was the beginning of a fourteen-year collaboration—and of Identity Economics. Identity economics is a new way to understand people’s decisions—at work, at school, and at home. With it, we can better appreciate why incentives like stock options work or don’t; why some schools succeed and others don’t; why some cities and towns don’t invest in their futures—and much, much more. Identity Economics bridges a critical gap in the social sciences. It brings identity and norms to economics. People’s notions of what is proper, and what is forbidden, and for whom, are fundamental to how hard they work, and how they learn, spend, and save. Thus people’s identity—their conception of who they are, and of who they choose to be—may be the most important factor affecting their economic lives. And the limits placed by society on people’s identity can also be crucial determinants of their economic well-being. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Akerlof…and Kranton…explore the links between our identities and the everyday decisions we make about earning and spending money. Their goal is to add a more personal touch to economics.”

    New York Times

  • “An important new book…Professor Akerlof and Rachel Kranton have invented Identity Economics.”

    The Times

  • “By the end of the book, my overwhelming feeling was that the authors had made a pretty robust case for why our profession should pay greater attention to the social structures that underpin our economic decisions. For this, they should be highly commended.”

    Business Economist

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon | 5/22/2011

    " Akerlof offers a very accessible take on the way in which cultural and identity shapes our consumption decisions. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ismail | 1/12/2011

    " Identity Economic Theory which asses the supply and demand involved with identity and their commitment to the task at hand. Goffman's Marry-go-round theory. Works well. "

About the Author

Sean Pratt, a working actor for over twenty-five years, has performed at numerous regional theaters around the country. He is the author of To Be or Wanna Be, and he has recorded over seven hundred books in just about every genre, earning eight AudioFile Earphones Awards and four Audie Award nominations.

About the Narrator

Sean Pratt, a working actor for over twenty-five years, has performed at numerous regional theaters around the country. He is the author of To Be or Wanna Be, and he has recorded over seven hundred books in just about every genre, earning eight AudioFile Earphones Awards and four Audie Award nominations.