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Social Economics: Current and Emerging Avenues

Joan Costa-Font and Mario Macis


The growing field of social economics explores how individual behavior is affected by group-level influences, extending the approach of mainstream economics to include broader social motivations and incentives. This book offers a rich and rigorous selection of current work in the field, focusing on some of the most active research areas. Topics covered include culture, gender, ethics, and philanthropic behavior. Social economics grows out of dissatisfaction with a purely individualistic model of human behavior. This book shows how mainstream economics is expanding its domain beyond market and ... More

Keywords: Household Production, Intrahousehold allocation, Economics of Gender, Non-labor discrimination, Economic sociology, Social and Economic Stratification, Economic Anthropology, Philanthropic behaviour, George Akerlof, Gary Becker

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Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780262035651
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262035651.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joan Costa-Font, editor
London School of Economics

Mario Macis, editor
Johns Hopkins University

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1 Social Economics: Current and Emerging Avenues

Joan Costa-Font and Mario Macis

Social Preferences

2 Social Preferences, Public Policy, and Gender

Philipp Zahn and Evguenia Winschel

4 Why Give Away Your Wealth? An Analysis of the Billionaires’ View

Jana Sadeh, Mirco Tonin, and Michael Vlassopoulos

Culture, Values, and Norms

7 Measuring Value Diversity within Countries

Sjoerd Beugelsdijk and Mariko J. Klasing

12 Changing Culture to Change Society?

Mireia Borrell-Porta, Joan Costa-Font, and Azusa Sato

Networks, Peer Pressure, and Social Interactions

14 Individual Fundraising: The Power of the Personal

Abigail Payne, Kimberley Scharf, and Sarah Smith

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