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Economics and the Biologists: A Review of Geerat J. Vermeij's Nature: An Economic History

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    This essay reviews and criticizes Vermeij?s Nature: An Economic History and places it in the context of evolutionary economics. Vermeij presents a natural history written in what he considers economic terms and argues that biologists should know more about economics. While the exchanges between economics and biology can sometimes be hazardous and misleading, quite a bit could be learned by economists from reading this book.

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    Article provided by American Economic Association in its journal Journal of Economic Literature.

    Volume (Year): 44 (2006)
    Issue (Month): 4 (December)
    Pages: 1005-1013

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    Handle: RePEc:aea:jeclit:v:44:y:2006:i:4:p:1005-1013

    Note: DOI: 10.1257/jel.44.4.1005
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    1. Richard R. Nelson, 1995. "Recent Evolutionary Theorizing about Economic Change," Journal of Economic Literature, American Economic Association, vol. 33(1), pages 48-90, March.
    2. Hirshleifer, Jack, 1977. "Economics from a Biological Viewpoint," Journal of Law and Economics, University of Chicago Press, vol. 20(1), pages 1-52, April.
    3. Jack Hirshleifer, 1977. "Economics from a Biological Viewpoint," UCLA Economics Working Papers 087, UCLA Department of Economics.
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