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Invidia e imprenditorialità. Alcune note sul ruolo delle emozioni nello sviluppo economico

Lodde, Sergio (1998) Invidia e imprenditorialità. Alcune note sul ruolo delle emozioni nello sviluppo economico. Working Paper. CRENoS.

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Abstract

The main hypothesis of this paper is that envy may play a role, although hardly quantifible, in the explanation of economic backwardness. Its main effect is to stimulate social reaction and opposition against entrepreneurial effort and innovative behavior which inhibit the development of a diffused entrepreneurial attitude in the population. This is more likely to happen in the transition phase from an agrarian economy to industrial development when income distribution becomes more uneven and envy still acts as a control device against social differentiation in a subsistence economy. More generally the paper argues that extending the framework of rational choice to include emotions may help to go deeper into the social mechanics of economic development.

Item Type:Technical Report / Working Paper / Project Report (Working Paper)
Publisher:CRENoS
Date:December 1998
Institution:Universita' degli Studi di Cagliari
Divisions:Centri > CRENoS Centro Ricerche Economiche Nord Sud
Subjects:Area 13 - Scienze economiche e statistiche > SECS-P/02 Politica economica
Uncontrolled Keywords:envy, economic development, social mechanics
ID Code:324
Deposited On:13 Nov 2008 10:57

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