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Self-Interest, Incentives and the Decision-Making

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  • Steinbacher, Matjaz

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Paper analyzes the impact of incentives and disincentives on the decision-making of individuals. Their role in the decision-making processes is huge, as they affect the cost-benefit analysis of investment projects of scarce resources. They both are subject of huge negative effects. A hidden trap of providing incentives is represented by costs any such activity involves, with coercive subsidies having socialized costs for the benefits of individuals. This makes them very dangerous and controversial.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 15041.

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Date of creation: 2009
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Keywords: Evolutionary games; incentives and disincentives; investment decisions; Roy model;

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