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Incentives and Social Norms in Household Behavior

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  • Lindbeck, A

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In a broad psychological perspective, both economic incentives and social norms may be be regarded as giving rise to purposesful, or "rational" behavior. By this I simply mean that individuals act in accordaance with expected reward or punishment, even though the form these take differs substantially in the two cases. Whereas economic incentives imply "material rewards", or favors that can be traded for such rewards including leisure, social norms imply "social rewards".

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Paper provided by Stockholm - International Economic Studies in its series Papers with number 622.

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Length: 12 pages
Date of creation: 1996
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Handle: RePEc:fth:stocin:622

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Keywords: HOUSEHOLD ; SOCIOLOGY;

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