By Professor Paul Frijters, Dr Gigi Foster
Why are humans unswerving? How do teams shape and the way do they bring about incentives for his or her participants to abide through crew norms? beforehand, economics has basically been capable of partly solution those questions. during this groundbreaking paintings, Paul Frijters provides a brand new unified concept of human behaviour. to take action, he accommodates entire but tractable definitions of affection and gear, and the dynamics of teams and networks, into the normal mainstream fiscal view. the result's an greater view of human societies that however keeps the pursuit of self-interest at its middle. This e-book presents a digestible yet finished idea of our socioeconomic method, which condenses its sizeable complexity into simplified representations. the outcome either illuminates humanity's historical past and indicates methods ahead for rules this day, in parts as various as poverty aid and tax compliance.
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