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The Economic Psychology of Gabriel Tarde: Something new for behavioral economics?

Ivan Ajdukovic, Sylvain Max, Rodolphe Perchot and Eli Spiegelman ()
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Eli Spiegelman: CEREN, EA 7477, Burgundy School of Business - Universite Bourgogne Franche-Comté

Journal of Behavioral Economics for Policy, 2018, vol. 2, issue 1, 5-11

Abstract: In the last years of the 19th Century, Gabriel Tarde developed a theory of economic psychology based on interpersonal transmission of subjective values and beliefs. While his work has several aspects that resonate with behavioral economics as practiced today, its differences are profound. His interest in dynamics of change, and in particular in the role of innovation and invention in driving this process, is hard to fit into a behavioral economics framework. However, new empirical techniques leveraging social media and big data seem well suited to addressing his themes.

Keywords: economic psychology; imitation; Tarde; big data; social media (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: A12 A13 B19 D70 Z13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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