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Del desespero de Greenspan a la esperanza de Obama: las bases científicas de la cooperación como principios de regulación

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  • Yochai Benkler

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A common assumption, often accepted by regulators – that individuals act only in their narrow self-interest – is false. Evidence from both the natural and social sciences suggests that most people are strongly motivated to cooperate and help one another. Organizations (such as Toyota and Wikipedia) that cultivate and take advantage of these inclinations have prospered. Policy can be designed to incorporate attitudes toward cooperation, and to channel these tendencies in productive directions.

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  • Yochai Benkler, 2010. "Del desespero de Greenspan a la esperanza de Obama: las bases científicas de la cooperación como principios de regulación," Revista de Economía Institucional, Universidad Externado de Colombia - Facultad de Economía, vol. 12(23), pages 29-53, July-Dece.
  • Handle: RePEc:rei:ecoins:v:12:y:2010:i:23:p:29-53
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    1. Simon Gachter & Ernst Fehr, 2000. "Cooperation and Punishment in Public Goods Experiments," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 90(4), pages 980-994, September.
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    Keywords

    cooperation; altruism; communication; critique of rational actor model; solidarity; situational framing; norms; trust; transparency; reputation; social dynamics;

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    • D03 - Microeconomics - - General - - - Behavioral Microeconomics: Underlying Principles
    • D64 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Altruism; Philanthropy; Intergenerational Transfers

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