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Some Wittgensteinian Reservationas About Neuroeconomics, Greg Hill 2010 SelectedWorks

Some Wittgensteinian Reservationas About Neuroeconomics, Greg Hill

Greg Hill

Abstract: In Economic Theory and Cognitive Science, Don Ross proposes a radical reconstruction of neoclassical economics, retaining its rational-choice framework while substituting neural networks and other “mechanisms” for people as the prototypical decision-making agents. This essay describes some of the difficulties that arise when concepts belonging to what Wittgenstein called the human “form of life” are invoked to explain the behavior of such sub-personal “agents” as parts of the brain. The result is a misbegotten conception of “agency” and a “cyborg economics” the subject matter of which bears little relation to what economists and ordinary people mean by “making a ...


Sticky Points In Modeling Household Energy Consumption, Loren Lutzenhiser, Mithra Moezzi, David Hungerford, Rafael Friedmann 2010 Portland State University

Sticky Points In Modeling Household Energy Consumption, Loren Lutzenhiser, Mithra Moezzi, David Hungerford, Rafael Friedmann

Center for Urban Studies Publications and Reports

A variety of approaches have been proposed to explaining individual household energy consumption, its variation, and its potential reduction. Some focus on technology, some on costs, and some on a combination of behaviors, attitudes, intentions, and norms. All try to make sense of a problem that, from a modeling perspective, involves hundreds of potentially important factors, yet is supported by highly inadequate or at best selective data. While there is value in "doing the best one can" with the resources at hand, building a defensible science requires a cold hard look at the quality of theory, research and data. This ...


The Elder Economic Security Initiative™ Program: The Elder Economic Security Standard™ Index For New York, Gerontology Institute, University of Massachusetts Boston, Wider Opportunities for Women 2010 University of Massachusetts Boston

The Elder Economic Security Initiative™ Program: The Elder Economic Security Standard™ Index For New York, Gerontology Institute, University Of Massachusetts Boston, Wider Opportunities For Women

Gerontology Institute Publications

This report addresses income adequacy for New York’s older adults using the national WOW-GI National Elder Economic Security Standard Index (Elder Index) methodology. The Elder Index benchmarks basic costs of living for elder households and illustrates how costs of living vary geographically and are based on the characteristics of elder households, including household size, home ownership or renter status, and health status. The costs are based on market costs for basic needs of elder households and do not assume any public or private supports.


The Elder Economic Security Initiative™ Program: The Elder Economic Security Standard™ Index For New Mexico, Gerontology Institute, University of Massachusetts Boston, Wider Opportunities for Women 2010 University of Massachusetts Boston

The Elder Economic Security Initiative™ Program: The Elder Economic Security Standard™ Index For New Mexico, Gerontology Institute, University Of Massachusetts Boston, Wider Opportunities For Women

Gerontology Institute Publications

This report addresses income adequacy for New Mexico’s older adults using the WOW-GI National Elder Economic Security Standard Index (Elder Index) methodology. The Elder Index benchmarks basic costs of living for elder households and illustrates how costs of living vary geographically and are based on the characteristics of elder households, including household size, home ownership or renter status and health status. The costs are based on market costs for basic needs of elder households and do not assume any public or private supports.


The Elder Economic Security Initiative™ Program: The Elder Economic Security Standard™ Index For West Virginia, Gerontology Institute, University of Massachusetts Boston, Wider Opportunities for Women 2010 University of Massachusetts Boston

The Elder Economic Security Initiative™ Program: The Elder Economic Security Standard™ Index For West Virginia, Gerontology Institute, University Of Massachusetts Boston, Wider Opportunities For Women

Gerontology Institute Publications

This report addresses income adequacy for West Virginia’s older adults using the WOW-GI national Elder Economic Security Standard Index (Elder Index) methodology. The Elder Index benchmarks basic costs of living for elder households and illustrates how costs of living vary geographically and are based on the characteristics of elder households, including household size, home ownership or renter status, and health status. The costs are based on market costs for basic needs of elder households and do not assume any public or private supports.


Green Building In The Pacific Northwest: Next Steps For An Emerging Trend, Office of Sustainability, Boise State University, Public Policy Center, Boise State University, Susan Mason, Anthony Marker, Rebecca Mirsky 2010 Boise State University

Green Building In The Pacific Northwest: Next Steps For An Emerging Trend, Office Of Sustainability, Boise State University, Public Policy Center, Boise State University, Susan Mason, Anthony Marker, Rebecca Mirsky

Research and Reports

This report provides an understanding of why green building is important to our communities, a brief look at the emergence of green building standards, research evidence on the perceived pros and cons of green building, and original research on green building in the Pacific Northwest. The original research is an analysis of perspectives voiced in conversations, focus groups and surveys with both members of the construction industry and local government on the barriers and incentives to green building in their local communities. As nearly 500 construction industry members and just over 300 local governments participated in the research, this report ...


The Evolution Of Natural Resources Law And Policy, Lawrence J. MacDonnell, Sarah F. Bates 2010 University of Colorado Law School

The Evolution Of Natural Resources Law And Policy, Lawrence J. Macdonnell, Sarah F. Bates

Books, Reports, and Studies

This digital resource contains only an abstract, cover image and table of contents information from the published book.

Print copy of book is available in the University of Colorado’s Wise Law Library: http://lawpac.colorado.edu/record=b444104~S0

Contents: Introduction / Bruce Babbitt -- PART I : REFLECTIONS ON NATURAL RESOURCES LAW AND POLICY: Historical evolution and future of natural resources law and policy / Sally Fairfax, Helen M. Ingram, Leigh Raymond -- Ethical perspectives on resources law and policy : global warming and our common future / Sarah Krakoff -- Why care about the polar bear? : economic analysis of natural resources law and policy / Lisa ...


Housing And Community Development, Michael P. Johnson Jr. 2010 University of Massachusetts Boston

Housing And Community Development, Michael P. Johnson Jr.

Public Policy and Public Affairs Faculty Publication Series

Researchers in housing and community development design and evaluate policies regarding access to attractive, affordable and sustainable housing and improving the social, physical and economic infrastructure of communities, especially those in the urban core. Practitioners in this field confront political considerations, administrative guidelines and limited funding.

Decision science can increase the efficiency and effectiveness of market-rate housing development and provide support for policy responses to issues such as affordable housing, race and class segregation, ineffective and/or inequitable economic development, and sustainable development. This research spans many disciplines, including systems modeling, urban economics, multi-criteria decision modeling, stochastic models and decision ...


From Displacement To Internment: A Report Of Human Rights Violations Experienced By L.A.'S South Asian Immigrant Population, Susan Alva 2010 Occidental College

From Displacement To Internment: A Report Of Human Rights Violations Experienced By L.A.'S South Asian Immigrant Population, Susan Alva

UEP Faculty & UEPI Staff Scholarship

No abstract provided.


Roads: Leading Indicators Show Ramp-Up In Activity, SHISHIR MATHUR, Kunal Katara 2010 San Jose State University

Roads: Leading Indicators Show Ramp-Up In Activity, Shishir Mathur, Kunal Katara

Faculty Publications, Urban and Regional Planning

No abstract provided.


Roads: Leading Indicators Show Ramp-Up In Activity, SHISHIR MATHUR, Kunal Katara 2010 San Jose State University

Roads: Leading Indicators Show Ramp-Up In Activity, Shishir Mathur, Kunal Katara

Shishir Mathur

No abstract provided.


Citizenship, In The Immigration Context, Matthew Lister 2010 University of Pennsylvania

Citizenship, In The Immigration Context, Matthew Lister

Faculty Scholarship at Penn Law

Many international law scholars have begun to argue that the modern world is experiencing a “decline of citizenship,” and that citizenship is no longer an important normative category. On the contrary, this paper argues that citizenship remains an important category and, consequently, one that implicates considerations of justice. I articulate and defend a “civic” notion of citizenship, one based explicitly on political values rather than shared demographic features like nationality, race, or culture. I use this premise to argue that a just citizenship policy requires some form of both the jus soli (citizenship based on location of birth) and the ...


What’S Missing In Theories Of The Residential Energy User, Mithra Moezzi, Loren Lutzenhiser 2010 Portland State University

What’S Missing In Theories Of The Residential Energy User, Mithra Moezzi, Loren Lutzenhiser

Center for Urban Studies Publications and Reports

Residential energy use has been envisioned in varied ways, each highlighting different factors and capturing a partial truth. This paper outlines assumptions of core theories about household energy use. It gives an abbreviated list of major empirical findings framed by these theories. It then identifies a new set of "blind spots" created by overly-simple reliance on models and by data shortcomings that in combination may block development of a more sophisticated understanding of energy use. Policies and program strategies, in turn, can become oriented toward simplistic approaches to change. We point to the need for improved interpretation and elaboration of ...


They Built Our Community: Relief Work During The Great Depression, Lois M. Quinn 2010 University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

They Built Our Community: Relief Work During The Great Depression, Lois M. Quinn

ETI Publications

This booklet describes a number of work relief projects operating in Milwaukee County in the 1930s with lasting positive impacts on the county. Highlights include construction of the Village of Greendale by the WPA and Resettlement Authority, support for health department inoculations of children, introduction of hot lunch programs for rural school children, construction of the Milwaukee water filtration plant, toy loan projects, and development of one of the finest park systems in the nation.


Technical Assistance Guide: Job Descriptions And Skills Required For Public Service/Transitional Jobs, Defining And Measuring Basic Workplace Skills, John Pawasarat, Lois M. Quinn 2010 University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

Technical Assistance Guide: Job Descriptions And Skills Required For Public Service/Transitional Jobs, Defining And Measuring Basic Workplace Skills, John Pawasarat, Lois M. Quinn

ETI Publications

This technical assistance guide is designed as a resource for local governments and community agencies developing public service and transitional jobs programs to engage workers on layoff or unable to find employment during the current recessionary period. It draws upon successful work relief projects developed in Milwaukee County in prior decades along with job and skill descriptions developed for programs considered during the 1990s. The emphasis of the technical assistance guide is on identifying steps communities can take to move quickly into job creation, drawing on the considerable federal and state resources already available and in the public domain. The ...


Understanding The Ui Population In Milwaukee County, John Pawasarat 2010 University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

Understanding The Ui Population In Milwaukee County, John Pawasarat

ETI Publications

The number of Milwaukee County residents receiving unemployment insurance because of layoffs has tripled over the last three years, as workers remain on UI while seeking out retraining and searching for new employment. As of March 2010 over 50,000 workers were receiving UI payments instead of pay checks. Serving workers who have been laid off from their jobs and are trying to find new employment and to upgrade their skills is one of the most challenging tasks facing the Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board (MAWIB). This analysis uses unemployment insurance records and state wage file matches to profile workers ...


Finding A Place For Race At The Policy Table: Broadening The Indigenous Education Discourse In Canada, Tracy L. Friedel 2010 Western University

Finding A Place For Race At The Policy Table: Broadening The Indigenous Education Discourse In Canada, Tracy L. Friedel

Aboriginal Policy Research Consortium International (APRCi)

No abstract provided.


Assuming The Risk: Tort Law, Policy, And Politics On The Slippery Slopes, Eric Feldman, Alison I. Stein 2010 University of Pennsylvania Law School

Assuming The Risk: Tort Law, Policy, And Politics On The Slippery Slopes, Eric Feldman, Alison I. Stein

Faculty Scholarship at Penn Law

Prominent jurists and legal scholars have long been critical of the doctrine of the assumption of risk, arguing that it is logically flawed and has sown confusion in the courts. This article takes a fresh look at the assumption of risk by focusing on legal conflicts over ski accidents in three ski-intensive states—Vermont, Colorado, and California. It argues that the tort doctrine of the assumption of risk remains vital, and highlights the way in which powerful political and economic actors with links to the ski industry have lobbied aggressively for state laws that codify the assumption of risk. The ...


Locating Xenophobia: Debate, Discourse, And Everyday Experience In Cape Town, South Africa, Belinda Dodson 2010 Western University

Locating Xenophobia: Debate, Discourse, And Everyday Experience In Cape Town, South Africa, Belinda Dodson

Geography Publications

In May 2008, South Africa experienced an outbreak of violence

against foreign Africans living in the country. Political

leaders expressed shock and surprise, but there has in reality

been long-standing and well-documented hostility toward

African immigrants in South Africa. Several competing explanations

have been put forward, with debate gaining urgency

and polarization since the xenophobic attacks of 2008. After

a selective review of the relevant literature to sketch the

contours of that debate, this paper presents findings from

research conducted with African immigrants living in Cape

Town. Their experiences provide further evidence that antiimmigrant

attitudes and behaviors on the part ...


2010 Nebraska State Suicide Prevention Summit Final Report, 2010 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

2010 Nebraska State Suicide Prevention Summit Final Report

Publications of the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center

The Nebraska State Suicide Prevention Coalition convened the Suicide Prevention Summit on Friday, January 29th, 2010. The event was hosted by BryanLGH West in Lincoln, and 24 sites across the state participated via videocast through the Nebraska Statewide Telehealth Network. The goal of the event was to provide an overview of suicide as a public health concern in Nebraska, present opportunities to discuss local needs related to suicide prevention, and featured an introduction to best practices in suicide prevention.

The audience of the Summit was comprised of 270 community members, professionals, suicide survivors, and youth and adults interested in promoting ...


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