Radical Contingency in Sharing Behavior and its Consequences

Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Vol. 28, No. 6, pp. 821, December 2005

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Todd Davies

Stanford University - Symbolic Systems Program; Center for the Study of Language and Information

Date Written: June 7, 2005

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Davies, Todd R., Radical Contingency in Sharing Behavior and its Consequences (June 7, 2005). Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Vol. 28, No. 6, pp. 821, December 2005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2213079

Todd R. Davies (Contact Author)

Stanford University - Symbolic Systems Program ( email )

Stanford, CA 94305-2150
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.stanford.edu/~davies

Center for the Study of Language and Information ( email )

Stanford, CA 94305-4115
United States

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