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Identity-Driven Cooperation versus Competition

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  • Dennis Snower
  • Steven J. Bosworth
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    This paper seeks to extend the domain of identity economics by exploring motivational foundations of in-group cooperation and out-group competition. On this basis, we explore the reflexive interaction between individual economic decisions and social identities in response to technological change in market economies. Our analysis explores how technological change falling on marketable goods and services, rather than non-market caring relationships, leads to a restructuring of identities, which increases the scope of individualism and promotes positional competition at the expense of caring activities. Since positional competition generates negative externalities while caring activities create positive ones, these developments have important welfare implications.

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    Paper provided by CESifo Group Munich in its series CESifo Working Paper Series with number 5777.

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    Date of creation: 2016
    Handle: RePEc:ces:ceswps:_5777
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    1. Bosworth, Steven J. & Singer, Tania & Snower, Dennis J., 2016. "Cooperation, motivation and social balance," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 126(PB), pages 72-94.
    2. Bosworth, Steven & Singer, Tania & Snower, Dennis J., 2016. "Cooperation, motivation and social balance," Kiel Working Papers 2023, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW).
    3. Akerlof George A & Kranton Rachel, 2010. "Identity Economics," The Economists' Voice, De Gruyter, vol. 7(2), pages 1-3, June.
    4. Bosworth, Steven & Singer, Tania & Snower, Dennis J., 2016. "Cooperation, Motivation and Social Balance," CEPR Discussion Papers 11131, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
    5. Bosworth, Steven J. & Singer, Tania & Snower, Dennis J., 2016. "Cooperation, Motivation and Social Balance," IZA Discussion Papers 9703, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    6. Steven J. Bosworth & Tania Singer & Dennis Snower, 2016. "Cooperation, Motivation and Social Balance," CESifo Working Paper Series 5763, CESifo Group Munich.
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