Radical Contingency in Sharing Behavior and its Consequences
Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Vol. 28, No. 6, pp. 821, December 2005
4 Pages Posted: 7 Feb 2013 Last revised: 13 Feb 2013
Date Written: June 7, 2005
The data of Henrich, J. et al., 'Economic Man' in Cross-Cultural Perspective: Behavioral Experiments in 15 Small-Scale Societies', when combined with other research, suggest that sharing behavior probably varies systematically across cultures, situations, and individuals. Economic policies founded on recognition of this 'radical contingency' would, I argue, nurture economic pluralism rather than attempting to bring the world under one system.
Keywords: homo economicus, economic pluralism, behavioral economics, behavioral game theory
JEL Classification: P51, D10, D63, D64, C7, Z1
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