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Problems and solutions: an ecological view

Warren Thorngate ()
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Warren Thorngate: Carleton University

Mind & Society: Cognitive Studies in Economics and Social Sciences, 2020, vol. 19, issue 1, No 8, 102 pages

Abstract: Abstract A problem is a difference between what a person has and wants. A solution is anything that reduces the difference. These two simple definitions form the foundation of an ecological perspective on the often-complex, reciprocal relationships among people, their environments and their behaviours—a perspective that mixes causal ideas from psychology with consequential ideas from economics. The present article offers a brief introduction to this perspective and suggests how it might be instantiated by naturalistic observations and content analyses of narratives.

Keywords: Problems; Solutions; Ecology; Behavioural economics; Research methods (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1007/s11299-020-00227-3

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