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Individual Motivation, Its Nature, Determinants and Consequences for within Group Behaviour

  • Alkire, S.
  • Deneulin, S.

The paper deals with evaluating the adequacy of the assumption that in economic transactions people are self-interested insofar as they are motivated solely by the concern of maximizing their utility, and in particular with assessing how this assumption affects within-group behaviour.

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Paper provided by World Institute for Development Economics Research in its series Research Paper with number 184.

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Length: 41 pages
Date of creation: 2000
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Handle: RePEc:fth:wodeec:184
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