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James Andreoni and the quest for others in our utility functions

Manuel Muñoz‐Herrera and Nikos Nikiforakis ()
Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Manuel Muñoz-Herrera ()

Journal of Public Economic Theory, 2019, vol. 21, issue 5, 804-811

Abstract: Over the past 30 years, James Andreoni has produced a body of work like few others in public economics. Motivated by a personal need to understand the determinants of prosocial behavior, and by offering a rare blend of insights from formal theory, controlled experiments, and field data, Andreoni has succeeded in elucidating the broader relevance of prosocial motives and their far‐reaching economic implications. This article offers an overview of his work on prosociality, highlighting some of his seminal contributions and placing them in a historical context. We argue that James Andreoni has had a unique role in the quest to ensure that others have a place in our utility functions.

Date: 2019
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