Is a Moral Disposition Rewarded?

17 Pages Posted: 27 Feb 2001

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Herschel I. Grossman

affiliation not provided to SSRN (deceased)

Minseong Kim

Sungkyunkwan University

Date Written: September 2000

Abstract

This paper explores the conditions under which a moral disposition is rewarded, in the sense of moral people being more prosperous than amoral people. The analytical framework is a general equilibrium model in which production is more lucrative for moral people than for amoral people, but in which amoral people can choose to be predators rather than producers. We find that, regardless of the advantage that moral people have in production, a moral disposition is rewarded if and only if the ratio of amoral people to moral people is large relative to a parameter of the technology of predation.

Keywords: Amoral, Moral, Predator, Prosperity

JEL Classification: A13, D63, D74

Suggested Citation

Grossman (deceased), Herschel I. and Kim, Minseong, Is a Moral Disposition Rewarded? (September 2000). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=261696 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.261696

Herschel I. Grossman (deceased) (Contact Author)

affiliation not provided to SSRN (deceased)

Minseong Kim

Sungkyunkwan University ( email )

110-745 Seoul
Korea

HOME PAGE: http://my.skku.edu/my/minseong

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