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

  • Mia Karabegović (a1), Amanda Rotella (a2) and Pat Barclay (a2)

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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.

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Mia Karabegović and Amanda Rotella contributed equally to the preparation of this commentary.

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