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The relative importance of selfishness and social capital motives


  • Robison, Lindon J.
  • Shupp, Robert S.
  • Jin, Songqing
  • Siles, Marcelo E.
  • Ferrarini, Tawni H.


This study measures the relative importance of selfishness and social capital motives using resource allocation data collected in hypothetical surveys and non-hypothetical experiments. Social capital motives allow an agent's well-being to be influenced by his sympathetic relationships with others. The assumption that selfishness can explain nearly all resource allocations is rejected.

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  • Robison, Lindon J. & Shupp, Robert S. & Jin, Songqing & Siles, Marcelo E. & Ferrarini, Tawni H., 2012. "The relative importance of selfishness and social capital motives," Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (formerly The Journal of Socio-Economics), Elsevier, vol. 41(1), pages 118-127.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:soceco:v:41:y:2012:i:1:p:118-127
    DOI: 10.1016/j.socec.2011.10.008

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    1. Robison, Lindon & Oliver, Jeffrey & Frank, Kenneth, 2015. "Commodity and Relational Good Exchanges: Commodification and Decommodification," 2015 Allied Social Science Association (ASSA) Annual Meeting, January 3-5, 2015, Boston, Massachusetts 189690, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.

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    Selfishness; Social capital; Social capital coefficients; Social capital motives; Standard neoclassical utility (SNU) model; Resource allocations;

    JEL classification:

    • D03 - Microeconomics - - General - - - Behavioral Microeconomics: Underlying Principles


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