2017-02Thematic Section
Understanding the Concept of Gift in Economics: Contributions from Other Social Sciences

Abstract In putting forth a view of economic agents as autonomous individuals driven by self-interest, mainstream economics precludes the possibility of gift. Gift could be found in non-market, “collectivist”, societies, where “informal” norms would include gift-giving. In this context, the paper argues that mainstream views regarding the impossibility of the concept of…