Market hegemony and economic theory

Philosophy of the Social Sciences 38 (4):513-532 (2008)
It is central to standard economic theory that people act on their interests. People are interested in a variety of things, so a range of values should influence market behavior. When engaged in commerce, however, people generally act for personal gain; the influence of other values usually just disappears in the marketplace. What is missing from the standard account is that people often act on proper subsets of their interests. Economics can, however, be extended to capture this insight. Key Words: economic theory • attention • self-interest • social responsibility • discrimination.
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DOI 10.1177/0048393108324215
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