Economics & Sociology

ISSN: 2071-789X eISSN: 2306-3459 DOI: 10.14254/2071-789X
Index PUBMS: f5512f57-a601-11e7-8f0e-080027f4daa0
Article information
Title: Reasons for Doing Good: Behavioural Explanations of Prosociality in Economics
Issue: Vol. 10, No 1, 2017
Published date: 03-2017 (print) / 03-2017 (online)
Journal: Economics & Sociology
ISSN: 2071-789X, eISSN: 2306-3459
Authors: Magdalena Adamus
Cracow University of Economics
Keywords: behavioural economics, homo economicus, altruism, ultimatum game, dictator game
DOI: 10.14254/2071-789X.2017/10-1/9
Index PUBMS: 3cc425a5-0041-11e8-94c4-fa163e5d4f72
Language: English
Pages: 122-134 (13)
JEL classification: A13, C91, D63, D64

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.


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