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The Matching Law

Papers in Psychology and Economics

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$39.00 • £31.95 • €35.00

ISBN 9780674001770

Publication Date: 05/19/2000


352 pages

5-11/16 x 8-7/8 inches

57 line illustrations, 11 tables

Russell Sage Foundation Books at Harvard University Press


Herrnstein provided major contributions to several fields, like the understanding of crime, genetics, or problems of social policy. [This] book covers most of Herrnstein’s work on economic problems… The editors, who wrote the introductions to the individual parts, provide concise and very informative summaries and discussions of them.—B. Kuon, Journal of Economics [UK]

This collection of brilliant essays and lucid editorial introductions explains the fundamental law of action and choice that Herrnstein discovered, and highlights his unique contribution to our understanding of the persistence of self-destructive behavior.—Daniel Kahneman, Princeton University

The Matching Law tells us one big thing: people systematically misallocate their resources. Like pigeons, humans tend to focus on immediate rewards, and to neglect how current activities affect future payoffs… Choose this book. It will change your perceptions of the world, and subsequently, quite possibly how you spend your time.—Richard J. Zeckhauser, Harvard University

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