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How Can Positional Concerns Prevent the Adoption of Socially Desirable Innovations?

Salhi, Salima; Grolleau, Gilles; Mzoughi , Naoufel and Sutan, Angela (2012) How Can Positional Concerns Prevent the Adoption of Socially Desirable Innovations? Journal of Economic Issues, 46 (3), pp. 799-808.

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Summary

We study the role of positional concerns in explaining the (non-) diffusion of profitable and environmentally friendly innovations in situations where there is no conventional prisoner dilemma. Based on anecdotal evidence from farming activities, we introduce the concept of negative positional goods, that is, goods that destroy status in a given reference group, and show how interactions between status concerns and profitability can lead to unexpected outcomes. Several policy implications are drawn.


EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:behavior, innovation, positional concerns, status, sustainable development
Subjects: Farming Systems > Social aspects
Research affiliation: France
France > INRA - Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique
ISSN:0021−3624/2012 $9.50 + 0.00
DOI:0.2753/JEI0021-36244603XX
Deposited By: Mzoughi, Naoufel
ID Code:26313
Deposited On:27 Oct 2014 16:34
Last Modified:02 Mar 2015 08:22
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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