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Title: Why Do People Work? Individual Wants Versus Common Goods
Authors: Lopes, Helena
Keywords: Common goods
Moral goods
Relational goods
Working environment
Issue Date: Mar-2011
Publisher: ME Sharpe
Abstract: Empirical evidence strongly suggests that something other than pay is sought in work. By emphasizing consumption over production, the worker as a producer was eclipsed by mainstream economics and replaced by the worker as a consumer. The analysis of the relational dimension of work life was also discarded. We argue that the decision to work and behavior at work is very much driven by the search for relational goods and moral goods, defined as intangible entities that emerge from social interactions. The "goodness" of relational and moral goods stems from their being commonly shared. Two properties of both goods — commonality and immanence-in-action — rule out the possibility of their being captured in a utility maximizing framework.
Description: WOS:000288363500004 (Nº de Acesso Web of Science)
Peer reviewed: Sim
ISSN: 0021-3624
Publisher version: The definitive version is available at ME Sharpe:
Appears in Collections:DINÂMIA'CET-RI - Artigo em revista científica internacional com arbitragem científica

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