How can economists define social preferences and
Culture, familial beliefs, religion, and other sources contain
the origins of social preferences. Those preferences--the desire
for social status, for instance, or the disinclination to receive
financial support--often accompany predictable economic outcomes.
Through the use of new economic data and tools, our contributors
survey an array of social interactions and decisions that typify
homo economicus. Their work brings order to the sometimes
conflicting claims that countries, environments, beliefs, and other
influences make on our economic decisions.
Describes recent scholarship on social choice and introduces new
evidence about social preferences
Advances our understanding about quantifying social interactions
and the effects of culture
Summarizes research on theoretical and applied economic analyses of
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