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The Cambridge Handbook of Psychology and Economic Behaviour


  • 19 b/w illus. 13 colour illus. 18 tables
  • Page extent: 586 pages
  • Size: 247 x 174 mm
  • Weight: 1.3 kg


 (ISBN-13: 9780521856652)

Psychologists have been observing and interpreting economic behaviour for at least fifty years, and the last decade, in particular, has seen an escalated interest in the interface between psychology and economics. The Cambridge Handbook of Psychology and Economic Behaviour is a valuable reference resource dedicated to improving our understanding of the economic mind and economic behaviour. Employing empirical methods – including laboratory experiments, field experiments, observations, questionnaires and interviews – the Handbook covers aspects of theory and method, financial and consumer behaviour, the environment and biological perspectives. With contributions from distinguished scholars from a variety of countries and backgrounds, the Handbook is an important step forward in the improvement of communications between the disciplines of psychology and economics. It will appeal to academic researchers and graduates in economic psychology and behavioural economics.

• A valuable reference resource linking the disciplines of psychology and economics • Features contributions from distinguished scholars from twelve countries, providing a truly international perspective • Covers aspects of theory and method, financial and consumer behaviour, the environment and biological perspectives


Part I. Introduction, Theory and Method: 1. Introduction Alan Lewis; 2. Theory and method in economics and psychology Denis Hilton; Part II. Finance: 3. The economic psychology of the stock market Karl-Erik Wärneryd; 4. Stock prices: insights from behavioural finance Werner F. M. De Bondt; 5. Inter-temporal choice and self-control: saving and borrowing Paul Webley and Ellen K. Nyhus; 6. Financial decisions in the household Carole Burgoyne and Erich Kirchler; 7. Corporate social responsibility: the case of long term and responsible investment Danyelle Guyatt; Part III. Consumer Behaviour in the Private Sector: 8. Consumption and identity Russell Belk; 9. Wealth, consumption and happiness Aaron Ahuvia; 10. Comparing models of consumer behaviour Gerrit Antonides; Part IV. Consumer Behaviour in the Public Sector: 11. Lay perceptions of government economic activity Simon Kemp; 12. How big should government be? John G. Cullis and Philip R. Jones; 13. Integrating explanations of tax evasion and avoidance Valerie Braithwaite and Michael Wenzel; Part V. Environment: 14. Sustainable consumption and lifestyle change Tim Jackson; 15. Environmentally significant behaviour in the home Paul C. Stern; 16. Economic and psychological determinants of car ownership and use Tommy Gärling and Peter Loukopoulos; 17. Environmental morale and motivation Bruno S. Frey and Alois Stutzer; 18. Contingent valuation as a research method: environmental values and human behaviour Clive L. Spash; Part VI. Biological Perspectives: 19. Neuroeconomics: what neuroscience can learn from economics Terry Lohrenz and P. Read Montague; 20. Evolutionary economics and psychology Ulrich Witt; 21. Evolutionary psychology and economic psychology Stephen E. G. Lea.


Review of the hardback: 'The Cambridge Handbook of Psychology and Economic Behaviour is an important step towards breaking down the last barriers between economics and psychology. Lewis has compiled an interesting and easy to read overview of the field. … I can recommend it to anyone who is interested in the science of economic behavior.' Journal of Social Economics


Alan Lewis, Denis Hilton, Karl-Erik Wärneryd, Werner F. M. De Bondt, Paul Webley, Ellen K. Nyhus, Carole Burgoyne, Erich Kirchler, Danyelle Guyatt, Russell Belk, Aaron Ahuvia, Gerrit Antonides, Simon Kemp, John G. Cullis, Philip R. Jones, Valerie Braithwaite, Michael Wenzel, Tim Jackson, Paul C. Stern, Tommy Gärling, Peter Loukopoulos, Bruno S. Frey, Alois Stutzer, Clive L. Spash, Terry Lohrenz, P. Read Montague, Ulrich Witt, Stephen E. G. Lea

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