NBER Working Papers and Publications
|June 2017||What is the Business of Business?|
with David T. Robinson: w23505
This paper develops a simple framework for understanding the emergence of new organizational forms, such as socially responsible firms and social entrepreneurs, that embody the private sector's efforts to resolve problems that typically have been within the purview of government and traditional public charities. We consider organizations that can generate both financial and social returns. Differences in the technologies between the for-profit sector and the social sector give rise to comparative advantages and play a key part in the analysis. This allows us to analyze the conditions under which hybrid organizations emerge in place of traditional charities and profit-maximizers.
|What is the Business of Business?|
with David T. Robinson
in Innovation Policy and the Economy, Volume 18, Josh Lerner and Scott Stern, editors