Louis Putterman, professor of economics, has published a new book, The Good, The Bad, The Economy. The book examines whether human nature limits how much we can hope to better our world amid economic insecurity, the vast disparity between rich and poor, violent conflicts, and evironmental challenges. Straddling economic considerations with philosophy, anthropology, sociobiology, and psychology, Putterman looks at the latest experimental studies of decision-making in complex social environments and up-to-date evidence on the impact of history on today’s economic gaps. The Good, The Bad, The Economy is Putterman’s first general-audience book; he has previously authored, co-authored, or edited seven books, including Division of Labor and Welfare (1990), Economics, Values and Organization (1998), and Dollars and Change: Economics in Context (2001).

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