Broadening the role of “self-interest” in folk-economic beliefs

Mia Karabegovic, Amanda Rotella, Pat Barclay

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We extend Boyer & Petersen’s (B&P’s) model of folk-economic beliefs (FEBs) by suggesting FEBs serve self-interest (broadly defined), which includes indirect benefits such as creating alliances, advancing self-beneficial ideologies, and signaling one’s traits. By expanding the definition of self-interest, the model can predict who will hold what FEBs, which FEBs will propagate, when they will change, why, and in which direction.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere174
Number of pages2
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Early online date30 Aug 2018
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes


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