Are we capable of being altruistic?

Whybrow, Jack and Zheng, Jiwei (2012) Are we capable of being altruistic? Norwich Economic Papers, 5.

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This short essay will seek to address whether we are capable of being altruistic. The essay will start with a discussion of the definition of altruism both from a modern language and theoretical perspective before moving on to discuss the ways in which economists have attempted to capture altruism and concluding with a general discussion. The results suggest behavioural economists have as yet been unable to explain acts of kindness purely in altruistic terms and instead have elements of other motivations. That does not however suggest that we are not capable which incidentally may or may not be true, but given current experimental methods we are yet to be successful in isolating strong altruism.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: altruism,behavioural economics
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Economics
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
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Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2016 01:05
Last Modified: 12 May 2021 23:33

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