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Reasons for Doing Good: Behavioural Explanations of Prosociality in Economics

Vol. 10, No 1, 2017

Magdalena Adamus,

Cracow University of Economics,

Kraków, Poland,

lena.adamus@gmail.com

REASONS FOR DOING GOOD: BEHAVIOURAL EXPLANATIONS OF PROSOCIALITY IN ECONOMICS

 

 

 

Abstract. This paper discusses issues of altruism and prosocial behaviour within economics. The first part discusses relations between understanding of expected utility theory and features of an economic man. It also defines the most important properties of the game and provides some simple solutions. The second part includes a critical overview of selected and increasingly complex concepts explaining the phenomenon of prosocial behaviour. It begins with models focusing only on final allocations and ends with those studying the role of intentions, motivations and social status of agents. It also shows how needs, social conditions, norms and individual characteristics affect the propensity to behave prosocially.

 

Received: August, 2016

1st Revision: October, 2016

Accepted: February, 2017

 

DOI: 10.14254/2071- 789X.2017/10-1/9

JEL Classification: A13, C91, D63, D64

Keywords: behavioural economics,  homo economicus,  altruism, ultimatum game, dictator game.