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Gifts Economy and Its Reflection in Economics

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  • František Svoboda
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    This paper inquires into beginnings of a gift economy as well as related contemporary institutions. Gift economy and the gift as a complex phenomenon was a common base for institutions of markets, credits, taxation, alms or social security. Inquires of origins, development and contemporary forms are consequently important contributions to our understanding to contemporary social institutions. We can also inquire with economists into present forms of a gift and look for reply to different questions about efficiency of a gift: Why to give, how to give and what way give a gift.

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    Article provided by University of Economics, Prague in its journal Politická ekonomie.

    Volume (Year): 2010 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 1 ()
    Pages: 105-129

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    Handle: RePEc:prg:jnlpol:v:2010:y:2010:i:1:id:722:p:105-129

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    Keywords: signals; Samaritan´s dilemma; gifts economy; gifts; exchange; crowding-out;

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