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Identity, Morals, and Taboos: Beliefs as Assets

Roland Bénabou and Jean Tirole.

in The Quarterly Journal of Economics

May 2011; p ublished online May 2011 .

Journal Article. Subjects: Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainy; Intertemporal Choice and Growth; Economic Sociology. 17100 words.

We develop a theory of moral behavior, individual and collective, based on a general model of identity in which people care about “who they are” and infer their own values from past...

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