Social Economy

20 June 2008

51 – Endogenous Social Preferences, Heterogeneity and Cooperation

Abstract We set up an analytical framework focusing on the problem of interaction over time when economic agents are characterized by various types of distributional social […]
20 January 2008

48 – Does money affect happiness and self-esteem? The poor borrowers’ perspective in a quasi-natural experiment

Abstract Research on the nexus between life satisfaction and income has looked at lottery winners or postcommunism transition to document that exogenous changes in income generate […]
20 October 2007

46 – Technology Replaces Culture in Microcredit Markets: the Case of Italian MAGs

Abstract Poor local information networks and weak social sanctions in urban settings make joint liability unable to guarantee high repayment rates to microlenders. Yet, microcredit programmes […]
2 September 2007

45 – Inequality and Happiness

Abstract This paper examines the relationship between inequality and happiness through the lens of heterogeneous values, beliefs and inclinations. Drawing upon opinion data from the European […]
20 June 2007

44 – Sociability and Happiness

Abstract The standard specification of utility functions in economic models usually neglects the effect of sociability on happiness. Our level and first difference panel estimates show […]
19 June 2007

43 – The Role of Social Capital in Economic Development

Abstract This paper carries out an empirical assessment of the causal nexus connecting social capital’s diverse aspects to the “quality” of economic development in Italy. The […]
18 June 2007

42 – The Cooperative Organization: Economic, Organisational and Policy Issues

Abstract Is cooperative action modern or old fashioned? Why should policymakers pursue it in development strategies? In what way are cooperatives different in terms of economic […]
19 December 2006

37 – Trust, Reciprocity and Institutional Design

ABSTRACT Trust and reciprocity are the bond of society (John Locke) and the lubricant of soci-economic systems Arrow). Economic agents are conceived as both self-interested and […]
20 December 2005

26 – Social capital, labour precariousness and the economic performance. An empirical assessment of the strength of weak ties in Italy

Abstract This paper carries out an assessment of the influence that different kinds of social ties exert on labour precariousness, on the state of health of […]
19 December 2005

25 – Relational goods, private consumption and social poverty traps in an evolutionary game

Abstract We investigate how the patterns of consumption and accumulation, as well as the patterns of time allocation and of social interaction, may be influenced by […]