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Sorting Out the Seeking: The Economics of Individual Motivations

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Various models of individual motivations are confronted with evidence from different kinds of laboratory experiments. The motivations distinguished are categorized as selfish, other regarding, or cooperative. The experimental evidence shows that the traditional, selfish model is too limited, but that the alternative models that have been suggested each have shortcomings of their own. Copyright 2000 by Kluwer Academic Publishers

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  • Schram, Arthur, 2000. "Sorting Out the Seeking: The Economics of Individual Motivations," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 103(3-4), pages 231-258, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:pubcho:v:103:y:2000:i:3-4:p:231-58
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