Economics, like most other social sciences, is not a pure discipline. Indeed, it has been enhanced by the fact that there is so much overlap between it and the related fields of business, industrial relations, political science, social psychology, and sociology. This book is the first attempt to explain how work in economics has influenced and benefited from a merging of economic analysis with the research practices of these related fields of study. With contributions from leading economists from around the world, it demonstrates how economics is leading the way toward a more unified social science.

chapter 1|18 pages

The Expansion and Reorientation of Economics

ByShoshana Grossbard-Shechtman, Christopher Clague

part |2 pages

Part I Comparing Research Methods

part |2 pages

Part III Comparing Ideas on the Firm

chapter 6|62 pages

The Economic Approach to Personnel Research

ByMichael Gibbs, Alec Levenson

chapter 9|9 pages

A Demographer on the Cusp Between Economics and Sociology: An Interview with David Heer

ByShoshana Grossbard-Shechtman

chapter 10|22 pages

A Marriage Made in Heaven? Economic Theory and Religious Studies

ByLaurence R. Iannaccone

part |2 pages

Part V Comparing Ideas on Individual and Collective Behavior

chapter 11|12 pages

On the Rationality of Cognitive Dissonance

ByLouis Levy-Garboua, Serge Blondel

chapter 12|27 pages

Economics and Collective Identity: Explaining Collective Action

ByDipak K. Gupta

chapter 13|7 pages

Concluding Comments

ByShoshana Grossbard-Shechtman, Christopher Clague

chapter |6 pages

About the Editors and Contributors