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Mutual advantage, conventions and team reasoning

  • Robert Sugden


This paper proposes a conception of mutual advantage as a motivation for cooperative behaviour. This motivation is contrasted with the 'emotional' reciprocity that is represented in current theories of social preferences. The paper explores parallels between mutual advantage and Humean analyses of convention, and between mutual advantage and theories of team reasoning.

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Article provided by Springer in its journal International Review of Economics.

Volume (Year): 58 (2011)
Issue (Month): 1 (March)
Pages: 9-20

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Handle: RePEc:spr:inrvec:v:58:y:2011:i:1:p:9-20
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