Table of contents for Microeconomics : behavior, institutions, and evolution / Samuel Bowles.


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Counter Preface ix
Prologue: Economics and the Wealth of Nations and People 1
Part I: Coordination and Conflict: Generic Social Interactions 21
Chapter One: Social Interactions and Institutional Design 23
Chapter Two: Spontaneous Order: The Self-organization of Economic Life 56
Chapter Three: Preferences and Behavior 93
Chapter Four: Coordination Failures and Institutional Responses 127
Chapter Five: Dividing the Gains to Cooperation: Bargaining and Rent Seeking 167
Part II : Competition and Cooperation: The Institutions of Capitalism 203
Chapter Six: Utopian Capitalism: Decentralized Coordination 205
Chapter Seven: Exchange: Contracts, Norms, and Power 233
Chapter Eight: Employment, Unemployment, and Wages 267
Chapter Nine: Credit Markets, Wealth Constraints, and Allocative Inefficiency 299
Chapter Ten: The Institutions of a Capitalist Economy 331
Part III: Change: The Coevolution of Institutions and Preferences 363
Chapter Eleven: Institutional and Individual Evolution 365
Chapter Twelve: Chance, Collective Action, and Institutional Innovation 402
Chapter Thirteen: The Coevolution of Institutions and Preferences 437
Part IV: Conclusion 471
Chapter Fourteen: Economic Governance: Markets, States, and Communities 473
Problem Sets 502
Additional Readings 529
Works Cited 537
Index 571


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Microeconomics, Institutional economics, Evolutionary economics