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: The Company of Strangers: A Natural History of Economic Life – Revised Edition (): Paul Seabright: Books. Editorial Reviews. Review. “Shortlisted for the British Academy Book Prize, The British The Company of Strangers 2nd Revised ed. Edition, Kindle Edition. The Company of Strangers has ratings and 22 reviews. In this book, Paul Seabright (a professor of economics) discusses a wide range of topics including .

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Part III charts a series of consequences related only in virtue of the fact that they are all strangres of tunnel vision and the division of labor. Why are we comfortable with these assumptions? We Can Do Better. The Right to Useful Unemployment.

Sep 25, Ahmed Taher rated it really liked it. Recommended by Hal Varian, Google’s chief economist. Seabright argues convincingly and enjoyably that we aren’t awed enough by the economies that humans have developed. A Natural History of Economic Life. The title should be at least 4 characters long. Your display name should be at least 2 characters long. Though others have neglected the unflattering assessments of the effects of free markets in Smith, they are nonetheless to be found.

Far from a simple individual perspective, the author starts with genetics and proceeds to a macro-level, peeling the onion back and revealing why our society can operate, somewhat efficiently.


In their response to risk no less than in their handling of conflict, modern political institutions seek to restrain by the slender threads of abstract reasoning the passions and resentments of the prehistoric tribe. Mar 26, James rated it liked it.

The Company of Strangers: A Natural History of Economic Life by Paul Seabright

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The book gave a nice introduction of the evolution of the mankind economy. Ideally suited for a book such as this is discussion of the research about trade and prostitution in non-human primate cultures.

Leaving no stone unturned, he goes so far as to reprint a graphic produced by the Uzbek government on the decreasing level of the Aral Sea Yet since the dawn of agriculture we have refined the division of labor to the point where, today, we live and work amid strangers and depend upon millions more.

This book is a profound and impressive view of economics. No trivia or quizzes yet. Seabright describes the disparate sources of labor required for the shirt he has purchased. Starts strong and peters out. However, the concept is under- developed and seems ill cast in the lead role because it is not explanatorily efficacious. It can be dense at times but this does not takeaway the overall impact of what the author wants to get across.


For anyone who wants to understand why humans have organized economic activity the way we have, this is a must-read. This book is motivated by a conviction that a key economic feature of our lives is puzzling: The evolution of trust between non-related members of the same species is fairly unique to humanity and I found the views presented in this book to be very interesting.

Fairly interesting book about how economies develop through companh treatment seabrighr complete strangers as “honorary friends. Jun 06, Erik rated it really liked it.

The Anthropology of Complex Economic Systems. What institutions have made this possible? Although, it neglected many eras of the mankind history, such as the era of the Islamic domination from the 6th till the 12th centuries. While this critical remark concerns what Seabright does not include in the book, some problems are manifest in what he does say. This kind of cooperation is absent in other species. Politically liberal men at Law.