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Mutual advantage, conventions and team reasoning

  • Robert Sugden

    (School of Economics, University of East Anglia)

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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Paper provided by School of Economics, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK. in its series Working Paper series, University of East Anglia, Centre for Behavioural and Experimental Social Science (CBESS) with number 11-06.

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Date of creation: 01 Feb 2011
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Handle: RePEc:uea:wcbess:11-06
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