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An economic approach to malevolence


  • Jérôme Ballet


  • François-Régis Mahieu

    () (Fonds pour la Recherche en Ethique Economique)


Economic analysis is limited without logical justification to benevolence. This paper introduces an analysis of malevolence. It assumes that malevolence may be structural or conjunctural. We distinguish between psychology and behavior of individuals. Conjuctural malevolence may occur when behavior is no more consistent with psychology.

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  • Jérôme Ballet & François-Régis Mahieu, 2009. "An economic approach to malevolence," Working Papers 22009, Fonds pour la Recherche en Ethique Economique.
  • Handle: RePEc:fet:wpaper:22009

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    Malevolence; benevolence;

    JEL classification:

    • D64 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Altruism; Philanthropy; Intergenerational Transfers

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