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Vanity economics: an economic exploration of sex, marriage and family

By: Fan, C. Simon.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Cheltenham Edward Elgar 2014Description: viii, 293 p.ISBN: 9781783472307.Subject(s): Economics - Sociological aspects | Pride and vanityDDC classification: 306.3 Summary: This book presents an accessible and sometimes controversial economic exploration of numerous issues surrounding sex, marriage and family. It analyzes the role of 'vanity', defined as social status and self-esteem, in social and economic behaviors. In Veblen's theory of conspicuous consumption, vanity is associated with the consumption of luxuries such as expensive handbags and cars. In this book, Simon Fan provocatively argues that vanity is obtained by having a spouse and children with perceived 'high-quality' values, for example, a beautiful wife, a tall husband or intelligent offspring. He demonstrates from various perspectives that vanity plays a crucial role in male - female relationships and intergenerational relationships. In so doing, he challenges the conventional frontier of economics and contributes to other social sciences. This unique book will appeal to the educated general reader and interested academic alike. -- Provided by publisher. Contents: Preface Part I Background Information Part II Vanity Economics of Sex and Marriage Part III Vanity Economics and Population Theory Part IV Vanity, Husband-Wife Relationships and Intergrnerational Relationships Part V Vanity and Inter-Family Relationships Notes References Index. (http://www.e-elgar.com/shop/vanity-economics)
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This book presents an accessible and sometimes controversial economic exploration of numerous issues surrounding sex, marriage and family. It analyzes the role of 'vanity', defined as social status and self-esteem, in social and economic behaviors. In Veblen's theory of conspicuous consumption, vanity is associated with the consumption of luxuries such as expensive handbags and cars. In this book, Simon Fan provocatively argues that vanity is obtained by having a spouse and children with perceived 'high-quality' values, for example, a beautiful wife, a tall husband or intelligent offspring. He demonstrates from various perspectives that vanity plays a crucial role in male - female relationships and intergenerational relationships. In so doing, he challenges the conventional frontier of economics and contributes to other social sciences. This unique book will appeal to the educated general reader and interested academic alike. -- Provided by publisher.
Contents: Preface
Part I Background Information
Part II Vanity Economics of Sex and Marriage
Part III Vanity Economics and Population Theory
Part IV Vanity, Husband-Wife Relationships and Intergrnerational Relationships
Part V Vanity and Inter-Family Relationships
Notes
References
Index.
(http://www.e-elgar.com/shop/vanity-economics)

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