"It is astonishing what foolish things one can temporarily believe if one thinks too long alone, particularly in economics". John Maynard Keynes (1936, The General Theory).

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

How environmental awareness can be practical and funny while puzzling economists

One of the articles recently published in the Journal of Innovation Economics is the updated and thoroughly corrected and (i hope) improved version of the paper I had prepared a year ago for the Conference "Environment, Innovation and Sustainable Development".
You may read the entire paper in English on the following link
(copy the link or open the link at the left column of the blog).

Below is the abstract of the paper:

How environmental awareness can be practical and funny while puzzling economists: exchange networks, parallel currencies & free bazaars in Greece
This paper is part of a large ongoing field research project dealing with economic activity in Greece performed without the use of any official currency. The schemes studied range from parallel currencies to free bazaars and from specialized exchange networks to businesses accepting used public transport tickets as partial payment by customers. Exchange and bazaars often take place via fairs and parties, some of which have already become famous and attract hundreds of people, although most of the schemes are quite recent and still develop. The scope of this paper is, therefore: a) To present the theoretical, connected to environment, issues that the project aims to deal with, and b) To present the findings of the first, qualitative stage of the field research that might enlighten us on how the environment as an idea and motive leads people to invent new ways of transacting.

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