By Rojhat Avsar
Our elaborate market exchange system owes its existence not to our calculating brain or insatiable self-centeredness, but rather to our sophisticated and nuanced human sociality and to the inherent rationality built into our emotions. The modern economic system is helped a lot more than hindered by our innate social instincts that support our remarkable capacity for building formal and informal institutions.
The Evolutionary Origins of Markets integrates the growing body of experimental evidence on human nature scattered across a variety of disciplines from experimental economics to social neuroscience into a coherent and original narrative about the extent to which market (or impersonal exchange) relations are reflective of the basic human sociality that was originally adapted to a more tribal existence.
An accessible resource, The Evolutionary Origins of Markets will appeal to students of all areas of economics, including behavioral economics and neuro-economics, microeconomics, and political economy.
About Rojhat Avşar
Rojhat Avşar is an associate professor of economics at Columbia College Chicago, department of Humanities, History, and Social Sciences. Dr. Avsar earned received his PhD in Economics from the University of Utah. His research and teaching interests include social behavior, ethical norms, economic discourse, origin of human institutions, and political economy.
Table of Contents of The Evolutionary Origin of Markets
Part I: Social Brain
- The Myth of The Dissociative Identities
- Why Wouldn’t Chimpanzees Wear Sunglasses While Playing Poker?
Part II: Economizing Brain
- Cognitively Lazy
- Emotionally Smart
Part III: Interactive Minds
- Reciprocal brain
- Mind Reading
Part IV: Key Innate Competencies
- Emotional path to willpower
- Sapiens See, Sapiens Do (Monkey? Not So Much.)
Part V: Pursuit of Identities, Tribes, and Emotional Connections
- Human Sociality in the Market