Moral Norms and Co‐Operation

Jean‐Marie Baland and Jean‐Philippe Platteau

in Halting Degradation of Natural Resources

Published in print March 2000 | ISBN: 9780198290612
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191601613 | DOI:
 Moral Norms and Co‐Operation

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This chapter analyses the role of moral norms in shaping individual preferences and expectations in a way that is conducive to cooperation. It covers norms as constraints on the pursuit of self-interest, norms as social devices shaping preferences and expectations, and the emergence and erosion of moral norms.

Keywords: moral norms; cooperation; individual preferences; expectations; self-interest; social devices

Chapter.  12810 words. 

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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