The Darwin Economy: Liberty, Competition, and the Common Good

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Robert H. Frank

Translated to Russian by N. Edelman. Moscow, Gaidar Institute Press, 2013. – 352 p.

ISBN 978‑5‑93255‑369‑5

Who was the greater economist – Adam Smith or Charles Darwin? The question seems absurd. Darwin, after all, was a naturalist, not an economist. But Robert Frank, New York Times economics columnist and best-selling author of The Economic Naturalist, predicts that within the next century Darwin will unseat Smith as the intellectual founder of economics. The reason, Frank argues, is that Darwin's understanding of competition describes economic reality far more accurately than Smith's. And the consequences of this fact are profound. Indeed, the failure to recognize that we live in Darwin's world rather than Smith's is putting us all at risk by preventing us from seeing that competition alone will not solve our problems.