Moral Sentiments and Material Interests: The Foundations of Cooperation in Economic Life

Moral Sentiments and Material Interests: The Foundations of Cooperation in Economic Life

by Herbert Gintis
     
 

Moral Sentiments and Material Interests presents an innovative synthesis of research in different disciplines to argue that cooperation stems not from the stereotypical selfish agent acting out of disguised self-interest but from the presence of "strong reciprocators" in a social group.

Presenting an overview of research in economics,
anthropology,

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Moral Sentiments and Material Interests presents an innovative synthesis of research in different disciplines to argue that cooperation stems not from the stereotypical selfish agent acting out of disguised self-interest but from the presence of "strong reciprocators" in a social group.

Presenting an overview of research in economics,
anthropology, evolutionary and human biology, social psychology, and sociology, the book deals with both the theoretical foundations and the policy implications of this explanation for cooperation. Chapter authors in the remaining parts of the book discuss the behavioral ecology of cooperation in humans and nonhuman primates,
modeling and testing strong reciprocity in economic scenarios, and reciprocity and social policy. The evidence for strong reciprocity in the book includes experiments using the famous Ultimatum Game (in which two players must agree on how to split a certain amount of money or they both get nothing).

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262572378
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
09/01/2006
Series:
Economic Learning and Social Evolution
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
1,356,500
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.95(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

1Moral sentiments and material interests : origins, evidence, and consequences3
2The evolution of cooperation in primate groups43
3The natural history of human food sharing and cooperation : a review and a new multi-individual approach to the negotiation of norms75
4Costly signaling and cooperative behavior115
5The economics of strong reciprocity151
6Modeling strong reciprocity193
7The evolution of altruistic punishment215
8Norm compliance and strong reciprocity229
9Policies that crowd out reciprocity and collective action253
10Reciprocity and the welfare state277
11Fairness, reciprocity, and wage rigidity303
12The logic of reciprocity : trust, collective action, and law339
13Social capital, moral sentiments, and community governance379

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