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Traditional Sharing Norms as an Obstacle to Economic Growth in Tribal Societies

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  • Platteau, J.P.

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This first objective of the paper is to achieve a better understanding of the values and the worldview that lead traditional tribal societies to distribute wealth and incomes in manners that are hostile to economic change. The second objective can be persued namely that of identifying ways of getting out of the vicious "traditional" equilibrium in which all change would be blocked owning to the interplay of self-erinforcing forces.

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Paper provided by Notre-Dame de la Paix, Sciences Economiques et Sociales in its series Papers with number 173.

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Length: 42 pages
Date of creation: 1996
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Handle: RePEc:fth:nodapa:173

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Keywords: HISTORICAL ANALYSIS; CULTURE;

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