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Choice, behavioural economics, and addiction /
edited by Rudy E. Vuchinich, Nick Heather.
imprint
Amsterdam ; Boston : Pergamon, 2003.
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xix, 438 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
ISBN
0080440568 (alk. paper)
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imprint
Amsterdam ; Boston : Pergamon, 2003.
isbn
0080440568 (alk. paper)
general note
Main sponsor of the conference: National Insitute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) in the USA, with contributions from the U.K. Society for the Study of Addiction, Elsevier Science Limited, the University of Alabama's Lister Hill Center for Health Policy and its Center for Health Promotion.
Proceedings of a conference entitled, "Choice, Behavioural Economics, and Addiction: Theory, Evidence, and Applications," held at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA, on March 15-17, 2002.
catalogue key
5083979
 
Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
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I highly recommend this ground-breaking book on the behavioural economics of choice applied to the analysis of addictive behaviour. The material presented in this exciting work represents a cutting-edge integration of basic behavioural science and economic theory by the leading experts and proponents of behavioural choice theories. What is revolutionary about this approach is that it moves the addictions field from its traditional preoccupation with internal biological/genetic determinants of addiction as a pathological disease to a new formulation that views addictive behaviour as a 'rational' choice? It is 'must reading' for students and professionals alike in the addictions field, including researchers and practitioners in the clinical, public health, and public policy areas. When it comes to making a decision about whether to read this book, in my view it is clearly a 'Win/Win' choice.G. Alan Marlatt, PhD.Director, Addictive Behaviors Research Center, Professor of Psychology, University of Washington, USA
"I highly recommend this ground-breaking book on the behavioural economics of choice applied to the analysis of addictive behaviour. The material presented in this exciting work represents a cutting-edge integration of basic behavioural science and economic theory by the leading experts and proponents of behavioural choice theories. What is revolutionary about this approach is that it moves the addictions field from its traditional preoccupation with internal biological/genetic determinants of addiction as a pathological disease to a new formulation that views addictive behaviour as a 'rational' choice? It is 'must reading' for students and professionals alike in the addictions field, including researchers and practitioners in the clinical, public health, and public policy areas. When it comes to making a decision about whether to read this book, in my view it is clearly a 'Win/Win' choice." G. Alan Marlatt, PhD. Director, Addictive Behaviors Research Center, Professor of Psychology, University of Washington, USA
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Examining the theory, data, and applied implications of choice-based models of substance use and addiction, this text discusses the four major theories of addiction that have been developed in the area of economic science/behavioural economics.
Main Description
Choice, Behavioural Economics and Addiction is about the theory, data, and applied implications of choice-based models of substance use and addiction. The distinction between substance use and addiction is important, because many individuals use substances but are not also addicted to them. The behavioural economic perspective has made contributions to the analysis of both of these phenomena and, while the major focus of the book is on theories of addiction, it is necessary also to consider the behavioural economic account of substance use in order to place the theories in their proper context and provide full coverage of the contribution of behavioural economics to this field of study. The book discusses the four major theories of addiction that have been developed in the area of economic science/behavioural economics. They are: hyperbolic discounting melioration relative addiction rational addiction The main objective of the book is to popularise these ideas among addiction researchers, academics and practitioners. The specific aims are to articulate the shared and distinctive elements of these four theories, to present and discuss the latest empirical work on substance abuse and addiction that is being conducted in this area, and to articulate a range of applied implications of this body of work for clinical, public health and public policy initiatives. The book is based on an invitation-only conference entitled, Choice, Behavioural Economics and Addiction: Theory, Evidence and Applications held at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, March 30 - April 1, 2001. The conference was attended by prominent scientists and scholars, representing a range of disciplines concerned with theories of addiction and their consequences for policy and practice. The papers in the book are based on the papers given at the above conference, together with commentaries by distinguished experts and, in many cases, replies to these comments by the presenters.
Main Description
Choice, Behavioural Economics and Addiction is about the theory, data, and applied implications of choice-based models of substance use and addiction. The distinction between substance use and addiction is important, because many individuals use substances but are not also addicted to them. The behavioural economic perspective has made contributions to the analysis of both of these phenomena and, while the major focus of the book is on theories of addiction, it is necessary also to consider the behavioural economic account of substance use in order to place the theories in their proper context and provide full coverage of the contribution of behavioural economics to this field of study. The book discusses the four major theories of addiction that have been developed in the area of economic science/behavioural economics. They are: . hyperbolic discounting . melioration . relative addiction . rational addiction The main objective of the book is to popularise these ideas among addiction researchers, academics and practitioners. The specific aims are to articulate the shared and distinctive elements of these four theories, to present and discuss the latest empirical work on substance abuse and addiction that is being conducted in this area, and to articulate a range of applied implications of this body of work for clinical, public health and public policy initiatives. The book is based on an invitation-only conference entitled, Choice, Behavioural Economics and Addiction: Theory, Evidence and Applications held at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, March 30 - April 1, 2001. The conference was attended by prominent scientists and scholars, representing a range of disciplines concerned with theories of addiction and their consequences for policy and practice. The papers in the book are based on the papers given at the above conference, together with commentaries by distinguished experts and, in many cases, replies to these comments by the presenters.
Table of Contents
Contributorsp. ix
Prefacep. xiii
Introduction: Overview of Behavioural Economic Perspectives on Substance Use and Addictionp. 1
Views from Four Theories of Addiction
Hyperbolic Discounting as a Factor in Addiction: A Critical Analysisp. 35
Comments on Ainslie and Monterossop. 62
Reply to Millerp. 67
Evolving Models of Addictive Behavior: From Neoclassical to Behavioral Economicsp. 71
Comments on Chaloupka, Emery and Liangp. 90
Consumption Dependent Changes in Reward Value: A Framework for Understanding Addictionp. 95
Comments on Heymanp. 122
Economic Concepts in the Behavioral Study of Addictionp. 129
Comments on Rachlinp. 150
Other Perspectives on Addiction
Addiction: Definitions and Mechanismsp. 157
Comments on Skogp. 176
Reply to Heatherp. 182
Choosing Delayed Rewards: Perspectives from Learning Theory, Neurochemistry, and Neuroanatomyp. 183
Comments on Cardinal, Robbins and Everittp. 214
Reply to Bickelp. 217
Reason and Addictionp. 219
Comments on Gjelsvikp. 239
Reply to Ainsliep. 245
Junk Time: Pathological Behavior as the Interaction of Evolutionary and Cultural Forcesp. 249
Comments on Bickel and Johnsonp. 272
Reply to Humphreysp. 276
Empirical Studies of Addiction
Rational Addiction and Injection of Heroinp. 281
Comments on Bretteville-Jensenp. 303
Reply to Morriseyp. 306
Social Interaction and Drug Use: Rachlin vs. Schellingp. 309
Comments on Melbergp. 332
Reply to Rachlinp. 335
Discounting the Value of Commodities According to Different Types of Costp. 339
Comments on Mitchellp. 358
Practical Implications
Merging Behavioral Economic and Public Health Approaches to the Delivery of Services for Substance Abuse: Concepts and Applicationsp. 365
Comments on Tucker and Simpsonp. 379
Is the Addiction Concept Useful for Drug Policy?p. 383
Comments on MacCounp. 402
Reply to Schusterp. 407
Concluding Commentsp. 409
Author Indexp. 427
Subject Indexp. 433
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