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The paper investigates the interpersonal dimension of economic reality—i.e. the reciprocal influences between interpersonal phenomena of a communicative\affective nature and usual economic phenomena. A face‐to‐face interaction, or ‘encounter’, is depicted as a special productive process in which...
Good social relations have more or less an aspect of gift‐giving which, by nature, can be neither bought nor imposed. Interaction in this respect will lead purely selfish people to an irremediably inferior state, while pure altruism and unconditional morality are very demanding on the ground of...
Interpersonal interaction in public goods contexts is very different in character to its depiction in economic theory, despite the fact that the standard model is based on a small number of apparently plausible assumptions. Approaches to the problem are reviewed both from within and outside...
We model interaction within the members of a work group, who carry on different projects and can choose to cooperate with each other or to exploit the work of the others. We focus our attention on the dynamic interdependence between their material performance and the structure of the relations...
This paper is about rational sociality. Retaining rational choice as its basic framework, it aims to enrich it by taking seriously a well‐established cultural, social and psychological phenomenon: that some inter‐personal relationships have intrinsic value. These are termed primary. Utility...
The paper analyses, in a historical perspective, how economists approached human interactions. In particular it is aimed at: (a) showing that in the beginning of economic science some economists, Genovesi and Smith in particular, analysed many dimensions of human interactions, and their account...
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