15 December 2013

Call for papers: "Trust and Gratuity in Economics"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Happiness and Development.

This special issue will focus on recent theoretical developments in trust, rationality, we-thinking and cooperation in a competitive market economy. It will include empirical studies and experimental research on the topic.
Economics has exerted an ‘imperialism’ of sorts among the social sciences for a long time, based on the use of the mechanism of rationality of the homo oeconomicus, i.e. of self-interested motives to action. The position of economics, however, is now changing under the influence of more research into human reason and rationality.
This is giving rise to entire new fields of research in terms of the logic of human interaction. Inquiries into trust, for example, lead to the unearthing of new forms of collective rationality. More generally, it turns out that gifts and gratuity are far from being the opposite of economically rational behaviour. Contrary to that, any economically productive action implies gift and gratuity.
This special issue is a pioneering endeavour to focus on and develop some of the more recent advances in the economics of interpersonal relations.
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Economics of interpersonal relations
  • Relational goods
  • Reciprocity
  • Paradoxes of trust
  • We rationality
  • Communitas vs immunitas
  • Fraternity
  • Gift and exchange
  • Competition and cooperation
  • Mutual assistance and exchange

Important Dates
Submission deadline: 8 June, 2014
Feedback to authors: 31 July, 2014
Final decisions: 31 August, 2014

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