A Multiplicity of Approaches to Institutional Analysis - Applications to the Government and the Arts

Institute for Empirical Research in Economics, University of Zurich, Working Paper No. 420

17 Pages Posted: 3 Jul 2009

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Date Written: May 28, 2009

Abstract

Four types of 'economics' relevant for institutional analysis are distinguished: Standard Neoclassical Economics; Socio-Economics or Social Economics; New Institutional Economics; and Psychological Economics (often misleadingly called Behavioural Economics). The paper argues that an extension of Neoclassical Economics with elements from other social sciences (including political science, sociology, psychology, law and anthropology) is fruitful to explain institutions because it allows us to maintain the strength of that approach. Social Economics can play an important role helping to overcome the limitations of Neoclassics. However, it should become more concrete, integrate what is useful in Neoclassics, and should seriously engage in empirical research.

Keywords: institutional economics, neoclassics, psychological economics, behavioural economics, institutions

JEL Classification: Z11, D03, H77, P16

Suggested Citation

Frey, Bruno S., A Multiplicity of Approaches to Institutional Analysis - Applications to the Government and the Arts (May 28, 2009). Institute for Empirical Research in Economics, University of Zurich, Working Paper No. 420. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1427798 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1427798

Bruno S. Frey (Contact Author)

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University of Basel ( email )

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