Thomas K. J. McDermott
London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment
September 6, 2011
In this essay I discuss the role of cooperation in the process of innovation. I argue for a reorientation of the way we conceptualize economic behavior, taking account of the centrality of cooperation as a driving force of economic dynamism. I also seek to distinguish between different forms of cooperation - 'negative' cooperation, based on coercion and survival needs, as distinct from 'positive' cooperation, which facilitates creativity, self-expression and ultimately innovation.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 11
Keywords: cooperation, competition, evolution, economic dynamism, innovation
JEL Classification: A13, B12, B52, O31, P10, P16working papers series
Date posted: March 6, 2012
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