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

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ISBN-10: 0262072521

ISBN-13: 9780262072526

Edition: 2004

Authors: Herbert Gintis, Samuel Bowles, Robert T. Boyd, Ernst Fehr

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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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Book details

List price: $55.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 7/1/2005
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 416
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

Series Foreword
Preface
Introduction
Moral Sentiments and Material Interests: Origins, Evidence, and Consequences
The Behavioral Ecology of Cooperation
The Evolution of Cooperation in Primate Groups
The Natural History of Human Food Sharing and Cooperation: A Review and a New Multi-Individual Approach to the Negotiation of Norms
Costly Signaling and Cooperative Behavior
Modeling and Testing Strong Reciprocity
The Economics of Strong Reciprocity
Modeling Strong Reciprocity
The Evolution of Altruistic Punishment
Norm Compliance and Strong Reciprocity
Reciprocity and Social Policy
Policies That Crowd out Reciprocity and Collective Action
Reciprocity and the Welfare State
Fairness, Reciprocity, and Wage Rigidity
The Logic of Reciprocity: Trust, Collective Action, and Law
Social Capital, Moral Sentiments, and Community Governance
Contributors
Index