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Conformity, non-conformity, and economic institutions: exploring interdisciplinarity

Grant number: 10/18068-2
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research
Effective date (Start): July 01, 2011
Effective date (End): June 30, 2012
Field of knowledge:Applied Social Sciences - Economics - Economic Theory
Principal Investigator:David Dequech Filho
Grantee:David Dequech Filho
Host: Masahiko Aoki
Home Institution: Instituto de Economia (IE). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Local de pesquisa : Stanford University, United States  

Abstract

The proposed research explores interdisciplinarity in the study of institutions, attempting to move forward on two fronts: first, to contribute to a theory of the interactions between economic behavior and institutions, emphasizing cognitive aspects; second, to develop the initial part of a comprehensive investigation of the importance and ubiquity of institutions in economic life. It aims at a better understanding of conformity with existing institutions, incorporating the profound cognitive and motivational influence of institutions on economic agents and leaving adequate room for non-conformity. It also analyses non-conformity, especially in the form of Schumpeterian entrepreneurship and institutional entrepreneurship. Finally, it makes a first approximation to the relations between institutions in economics (highlighting shared mental models) and institutions in the economy. (AU)