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  1. Bruno S. Frey & Matthias Benz, Economics and Psychology: Imperialism or Inspiration?
    Economics and psychology are both sciences of human behaviour. This paper gives a survey of their interaction. First, the changing relationship between the two sciences is discussed: while economics was once imperialistic, it has become a science inspired by psychological insights. In order to illustrate this, recent developments and evidence for three major areas are presented: bounded rationality, non-selfish behaviour, and the economics of happiness.
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  2. Bruno S. Frey & Jana Gallus (2013). Subjective Well-Being and Policy. Topoi 32 (2):207-212.
    This paper analyses whether the aggregation of individual happiness scores to a National Happiness Index can still be trusted once governments have proclaimed their main objective to be the pursuit—or even maximization—of this National Happiness Index. The answer to this investigation is clear-cut: as soon as the National Happiness Index has become a policy goal, it can no longer be trusted to reflect people’s true happiness. Rather, the Index will be systematically distorted due to the incentive for citizens to answer (...)
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  3. Bruno S. Frey (2010). Withering Academia? Analyse & Kritik 32 (2):285-296.
    Strong forces lead to a withering of academia as it exists today. The major causal forces are the rankings mania, increased division of labor in research, intense publication pressure, academic fraud, dilution of the concept of 'university', and inadequate organizational forms for modern research. Academia, in a broader sense understood as 'the locus of seeking truth and learning through methodological inquiry', will subsist in different forms. The conclusion is therefore pessimistic with respect to the academic system as it presently exists (...)
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  4. Bruno S. Frey, Silke Humbert & Friedrich Schneider (2010). What is Economics? Attitudes and Views of German Economists. Journal of Economic Methodology 17 (3):317-332.
    Which schools of thought are favored by German economists? What makes a good economist and which economists have been most influential? These questions were addressed in a survey, conducted in the summer of 2006 among the members of the ?Verein für Socialpolitik?. An econometric analysis is used to identify to what extent ideological preferences or personal factors determine the respondents' answers. Our results suggest that German economists favor neoclassical economic theory as a school of thought and appreciate the contributions of (...)
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  5. Bruno S. Frey & Alois Stutzer (eds.) (2010). Economics and Psychology: A Promising New Cross-Disciplinary Field. The MIT Press.
     
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  6. Alois Stutzer & Bruno S. Frey (2010). Recent Advances in the Economics of Individual Subjective Well-Being. Social Research: An International Quarterly 77 (2):679-714.
    Over the last decades, empirical research on subjective well-being in the social sciences has provided a major new stimulation of the discourse on individual happiness. Recently this research has also been linked to economics where reported subjective well-being is often taken as a proxy measure for individual welfare. In our review, we intend to provide an evaluation of where the economic research on happiness stands and of three directions it might develop. First, it offers new ways for testing the basic (...)
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  7. Bruno S. Frey (2008). Happiness: A Revolution in Economics. The MIT Press.
     
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  8. Bruno S. Frey (2005). ''Just Forget It.'' Memory Distortions as Bounded Rationality. Mind and Society 4 (1):13-25.
    Distortions in memory impose important bounds on rationality but have been largely disregarded in economics. While it is possible to learn, it is more difficult, and sometimes impossible, to unlearn. This retention effect lowers individual utility directly or via reduced productivity, and adds costs to principal-agent relationships. The engraving effect states that the more one tries to forget a piece of information the more vivid it stays in memory, leading to a paradoxical outcome. The effects are based on, and are (...)
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  9. Bruno S. Frey (2005). Gobierno flexible para un mundo globalizado. Isonomía. Revista de Teoría y Filosofía Del Derecho 23:37-50.
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  10. Bruno S. Frey (2004). Inspiring Economics: Human Motivation in Political Economy. Science and Society 68 (1):113-115.
     
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  11. Bruno S. Frey (2003). Flexible Citizenship for a Global Society. Politics, Philosophy and Economics 2 (1):93-114.
    States are ill equipped to meet the challenges of a globalized world. The concept of citizenship with its rights and obligations, including the allegiance owed, is too narrowly defined to exist only between individuals and a state. Today, people identify with, and pay allegiance to, many organizations beyond the state. This article suggests that citizenship could be extended further and be possible between individuals and quasi-governmental organizations, as well as non-governmental organizations, such as churches, clubs, interest groups, functional organizations and (...)
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  12. Bruno S. Frey (2003). Globalisierung ohne Weltregierung. Analyse & Kritik 2 (2003):121-134.
    Since international trade leads to prosperity, most economics are in favor of globalization. This basic conviction is shared in this paper. Several standard arguments brought forward by critics of globalization - e.g. the claims that globalization increases poverty, destroys jobs, undermines the welfare state, enables international corporations to seize power and leads to environmental degradation and uniform culture - are shown to be invalid. Nevertheless, compared to orthodox economists, a more critical view of globalization is proposed in this paper, and (...)
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  13. Bruno S. Frey (2001). Why Economists Disregard Economic Methodology. Journal of Economic Methodology 8 (1):41-47.
  14. Bruno S. Frey (1998). Ein Ipsatives Modell Menschlichen Verhaltens. Ein Beitrag Zur Ökonomie Und Pyschologie. Analyse & Kritik 10 (2):181-205.
    Human beings under some conditions tend to systematically overestimate their possibilities, under others to underestimate what is possible for them. This behaviour can be explained by differentiating between an ipsative possibility set and an objective one. These two possibility sets do not necessarily coincide. The difference may firstly be due to psychological processes as well as factors such as tradition and ideology. The difference may secondly be strategically designed by the individuals themselves knowing that they otherwise reach less utility. The (...)
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  15. Bruno S. Frey (1997). Moral und ökonomische Anreize: Der Verdrängungseffekt. In Hartmut Kliemt & Rainer Hegselmann (eds.), Moral Und Interesse: Zur Interdisziplinären Erneuerung der Moralwissenschaften. Oldenbourg Wissenschaftsverlag 111-132.
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  16. Bruno S. Frey (1997). Unerwünschte Projekte, Kompensation und Akzeptanz. Analyse & Kritik 19 (1):3-14.
    Democracies find it difficult, and sometimes impossible to get through projects desired by a large share of the population because these are strongly opposed by local residents . As a solution for these conflicts economists proposed offering compensation to the citizens of the host community. Experiences with many different projects and countries reveal, however, that monetary payments are incapable of solving the NIMBY-problem. A monetary offer to accept an otherwise undesired project undermines civic virtue. This crowding-out effect is empirically demonstrated (...)
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  17. Bruno S. Frey & Iris Bohnet (1996). Cooperation, Communication and Communitarianism: An Experimental Approach. Journal of Political Philosophy 4 (4):322–336.
  18. Bruno S. Frey & Gebhard Kirchgässner (1993). Diskursethik, Politische Ökonomie und Volksabstimmungen. Analyse & Kritik 15 (2):129-149.
    First, the approaches of Diskursethik and of Modern Political Economy are described. While the latter investigates political decision processes, the former is concerned with the discourse process which takes place before a decision is made. This is shown by using referenda as an example. The discourse which takes place before referenda obviously does not conform to the ideal conditions defined in Diskursethik, but discourse and decisions in the context of referenda come nearer to the intentions of Diskursethik and Political Economy (...)
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  19. Bruno S. Frey & Gebhard Kirchgässner (1993). Volksabstimmungen, Politische Ökonomie und Diskursethik. Analyse & Kritik 15:129-149.
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  20. Andreas Balog, Michael Baurmann, Bruno S. Frey, Stefan Hölscher, Norbert Hoerster, Gebhard Kirchgässner, Hartmut Kliemt, Peter Koller, Julian Nida-Rümelin & Ernst Tugendhat (1992). Die Autoren dieses Heftes. Analyse & Kritik 14.
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  21. Bruno S. Frey (1988). Ein ipsatives Modell menschlichen Verhaltens. Analyse & Kritik 10 (2):181.
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  22. Werner W. Pommerehne, Friedrich Schneider, Guy Gilbert & Bruno S. Frey (1984). Concordia Discors: Or: What Do Economists Think? Theory and Decision 16 (3):251-308.