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La posizionalità come presupposto della relazionalità; e viceversa

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  • Luca Fiorito

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  • Massimiliano Vatiero

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Both relational and positional goods are based upon an idea of joint consumption - thought with opposite signs. In both cases, agents are not self-regarded, but their consumption choices are other-regarded. Moreover, relational good lies on identity of its consumers. It implies a certain degree of positionality within the consumption of relational goods. Analogously, except for two-agent context, each positional good has a relational component. What emerges is a complex structure of economic outcomes based on both relational and positional motives.

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  • Luca Fiorito & Massimiliano Vatiero, 2011. "La posizionalità come presupposto della relazionalità; e viceversa," Department of Economics University of Siena 610, Department of Economics, University of Siena.
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    Keywords

    Relational Good; Positional Good.;

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    • D11 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Theory
    • K00 - Law and Economics - - General - - - General (including Data Sources and Description)

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