Who Cooked Adam Smith S Dinner A Story Of Women And Economics

Author: Katrine Marcal
Publisher: Pegasus Books
ISBN: 1681771853
Size: 48.60 MB
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
View: 2773
Download Read Online
A funny, clever, and thought-provoking examination of the myth of the "economic man" and its impact on the global economy How do you get your dinner? That is the basic question of economics. When economist and philosopher Adam Smith proclaimed that all our actions were motivated by self-interest, he used the example of the baker and the butcher as he laid the foundations for 'economic man.' He argued that the baker and butcher didn't give bread and meat out of the goodness of their hearts. It's an ironic point of view coming from a bachelor who lived with his mother for most of his life — a woman who cooked his dinner every night. Nevertheless, the economic man has dominated our understanding of modern-day capitalism, with a focus on self-interest and the exclusion of all other motivations. Such a view point disregards the unpaid work of mothering, caring, cleaning and cooking. It insists that if women are paid less, then that's because their labor is worth less. Economics has told us a story about how the world works and we have swallowed it, hook, line and sinker. This story has not served women well. Now it's time to change it. A kind of femininst Freakonomics, Who Cooked Adam Smith’s Dinner? charts the myth of economic man — from its origins at Adam Smith's dinner table, its adaptation by the Chicago School, and its disastrous role in the 2008 Global Financial Crisis — in a witty and courageous dismantling of one of the biggest myths of our time.

Who Cooked Adam Smith S Dinner

Author: Katrine Marçal
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781925106527
Size: 55.51 MB
Format: PDF, Mobi
View: 2113
Download Read Online
It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we can expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest. When Adam Smith wrote that all our actions stem from self-interest and that the world turns because of financial gain, he brought to life 'economic man'. Selfish and cynical, economic man has dominated our thinking ever since, and his influence has spread from the market to how we shop, work, and date. But every night Adam Smith's mother served him his dinner - not out of self-interest, but out of love. Today, our economics focuses on self-interest and excludes all other motivations. It disregards the unpaid work of mothering, caring, cleaning, and cooking. It insists that if women are paid less, that's because their labour is worth less. How could it be otherwise? Economics has told us a story about how the world works, and we have swallowed it - hook, line, and sinker. Now it's time to change the story. In this courageous look at the mess we're in, Katrine Marçal tackles the biggest myth of our time, and invites us to kick out economic man once and for all.

Who Cooked Adam Smith S Dinner

Author: Katrine Marcal
Publisher: Portobello Books
ISBN: 1846275652
Size: 36.45 MB
Format: PDF, Mobi
View: 1871
Download Read Online
It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker, that we can expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest When Adam Smith wrote that all our actions stem from self-interest and the world turns because of financial gain he brought to life 'economic man'. Selfish and cynical, economic man has dominated our thinking ever since and his influence has spread from the market to how we shop, work and date. But every night Adam Smith's mother served him his dinner, not out of self-interest but out of love. Today, our economics focuses on self-interest and excludes all other motivations. It disregards the unpaid work of mothering, caring, cleaning and cooking. It insists that if women are paid less, then that's because their labour is worth less - how could it be otherwise? Economics has told us a story about how the world works and we have swallowed it, hook, line and sinker. Now it's time to change the story. In this courageous look at the mess we're in, Katrine Marcal tackles the biggest myth of our time and invites us to kick out economic man once and for all.

Counting For Nothing

Author: Marilyn Waring
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 9780802082602
Size: 58.62 MB
Format: PDF, Kindle
View: 895
Download Read Online
The calculation of .national wealth. is full of bias, particularly gender bias against women. Waring's classic analysis of women's place in the world economy is brought up to date in this reprinted edition by a sizable new introduction by the author.

Free Lunch

Author: David Smith
Publisher: Profile Books
ISBN: 1847651399
Size: 20.91 MB
Format: PDF, Kindle
View: 6140
Download Read Online
The economy has never been so relevant to so many people as it is now, and it's vital that we understand how it affects our lives. 'There's no such thing as a free lunch' is the one phrase everyone has heard from economics - not even for bankers. But why not? What does economics tell us about the price of lunch - and everything else? Free Lunch makes the economics pages of the newspaper intelligible and addresses the concerns that worry us all. It will enable you to understand - and challenge - the claims made by politicians Set out like a good lunch-time conversation, the book will guide you through the mysteries of the economy. Your guides will be some of the greatest names in the field, including Smith, Marx and Keynes. This clever and witty introduction to economics costs less than even the cheapest meal. It is essential reading in these times of economic uncertainty, and is far more satisfying than even the most gourmet banquet.

Adam S Fallacy

Author: Duncan K. Foley
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 0674027078
Size: 20.32 MB
Format: PDF, ePub
View: 3803
Download Read Online
This book could be called "The Intelligent Person's Guide to Economics." The title expresses Duncan Foley's belief that economics at its most abstract and interesting level is a speculative philosophical discourse, not a deductive or inductive science. Adam's fallacy is the attempt to separate the economic sphere of life, in which the pursuit of self-interest is led by the invisible hand of the market to a socially beneficial outcome, from the rest of social life, in which the pursuit of self-interest is morally problematic and has to be weighed against other ends.

Economic Theory In Retrospect

Author: Mark Blaug
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107717345
Size: 71.76 MB
Format: PDF, ePub
View: 3110
Download Read Online
This is a history of economic thought from Adam Smith to John Maynard Keynes - but it is a history with a difference. Firstly, it is a history of economic theory, not of economic doctrines, that is, it is consistently focused on theoretical analysis, undiluted by entertaining historical digressions or biological colouring. Secondly, it includes detailed Reader's Guides to nine of the major texts of economics, namely the works of Smith, Ricardo, Mill, Marx, Marshall, Wickstead, Wicksell, Walras and Keynes, in the effort to encourage students to become acquainted at first hand with the writings of all the great economists. This fifth edition, first published in 1997, adds new Reader's Guides to Walras's Elements of Pure Economics (1871–74) and Keynes' General Theory to the previous seven Reader's Guides of other great books in economics. There are significant and major additions to six chapters.

Economic Sentiments

Author: Emma Rothschild
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 067472562X
Size: 35.11 MB
Format: PDF, Mobi
View: 3458
Download Read Online
A benchmark in the history of economics and of political ideas, Rothschild shows us the origins of laissez-faire economic thought and its relation to political conseratism in an unquiet world.

The Essential Adam Smith

Author: Adam Smith
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393955303
Size: 18.77 MB
Format: PDF, ePub
View: 2682
Download Read Online
Gathers selections from Smith's economic writings, discusses his theories, and assesses their influence on modern economics