Working Paper

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 […]
19 November 2005

23 – The accumulation of Capital in Labour-Managed Firms: Divisible Reserves and Bonds

Abstract The problem of the accumulation of capital in labor-managed firms and worker cooperatives has being attracting considerable attention among researchers. The Furubotn-Pejovich effect is considered […]
20 October 2005

21 – Corporate Social Responsibility And Profit Maximizing Behaviour

Abstract We examine the behavior of a profit maximizing monopolist in a horizontal differentiation model in which consumers differ in their degree of social responsibility (SR) […]
6 June 2005

18 – Social preferences: from the experimental lab to the economic theory

Abstract We present a wide collection of experiments which show how human behavior deviates substantially with respect to the predictions derived from standard homo economicus assumptions. […]
20 May 2005

17 – Social capital, R&D and industrial districts

Abstract The main idea behind this paper is that social capital is not, as generally suggested by the socio-economic literature, an individual attitude towards something which […]
19 May 2005

16 – The Three Dimensions Of A Comunitarian Institution: The Open Source Software Community Case

Abstract The analysis of the empirical studies relative to the Free/Libre/Open Source Software (FLOSS) case highlights the necessity to enlarge the set of categories used to […]
18 May 2005

15 – The game of social responsibility: pioneers, imitators and social welfare

Abstract In this paper we outline a model of horizontal product differentiation where two duopolists – a profit maximising producer (PMP) and a “socially responsible” “fair […]
16 May 2005

13 – Global Health

Introduction The process of globalisation affects more and more the life quality of people around the world. In particular it impinges in different ways upon their […]