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The Envy Economy

Economic policy aspects of a vice

In ancient Greek mythology, even gods could be envious. The anthology “Envy Economics” examines the significance of envy in economics and economic policy. In addition to two longer essays by Erich Weede and Ernst Fehr, published here for the first time, it contains a selection of exemplary texts on the subject – by Helmut Schoeck, Gonzalo Fernández de la Mora, John Rawls and Friedrich August von Hayek. They are all accompanied by a summary in German and English. Robert Nef and Gerhard Schwarz as editors have contributed situating essays and a multifaceted selection of quotations on the subject of envy. Even if the book neither develops an actual economic theory of envy nor can it definitively answer the question of whether envy is more likely to promote or hinder progress, it does shed light on the various aspects of this vice from a sociological, economic and philosophical perspective.

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Publisher:
Gerhard Schwarz
Authors:
Ernst Fehr
Gonzalo Fernández de la Mora
John Rawls
Helmut Schoeck
Friedrich A. von Hayek
Erich Weede
Publisher:
NZZ Libro
Year of publication:
2000
ISBN:
3-85823-859-7
Price:
48.00 Fr.
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