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Social capital and cooperation

Essential readings

Costa, D., Kahn, M. (2003). Cowards and Heroes: Group Loyalty in the American Civil War. Quarterly Journal of Economics. 118 (2): 519-548

What motivated men to risk death in the most horrific war in U.S. history when pay was low and...

Bénabou, R. J. M., Tirole, J. (2006). Incentives and Prosocial Behavior. American Economic Review 96 (5), 1652-1678

We develop a theory of prosocial behavior that combines heterogeneity in individual altruism and...

Important readings

Greif, A., Tabellini, G. (2012). The Clan and the City: Sustaining Cooperation in China and Europe

Over the last millennium, the clan and the city have been the locus of cooperation in China and...

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Frey, B., Savage, D. A., Trogler, B. (2011). Who perished on the Titanic? The importance of social norms. Rationality and Society 23(1) 35–49

This paper seeks to empirically identify what factors make it more or less likely for people to...

Frijters, P. (2013). An Economic Theory of Greed, Love, Groups, and Networks. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Why are people loyal? How do groups form and how do they create incentives for their members to...

Guiso, L. Sapienza, P., Zingales, L. (2009). Cultural biases in Economic Exchange? Quarterly Journal of Economics 124 (3): 1095-1131.

How much do cultural biases affect economic exchange? We answer this question by using data on...

Illingworth, P. (2012). Us Before Me Ethics and Social Capital for Global Well-Being. Palgrave MacMillan

In Us before Me, a philosopher argues that persistent, unabated human suffering requires that the...

Kaplan, T. R., Ruffle, B. J. (2011). Which Way to Cooperate. The Economic Journal, forthcoming

Cooperation in real-world dilemmas takes many forms. We introduce a class of two-player games that...

Ligon, E., Schechter, L. (2011). Motives for Sharing in Social Networks. UC Berkeley Department of Economics, mimeo.

What motivates people in rural villages to share? Using variants of dictator games we measure two...

Marcon, G., Pianta, M. (2013). Sbilanciamo l'economia. Una via d'uscita dalla crisi. Bari: Laterza

L’economia in recessione, la società in frantumi, la politica che degenera: la crisi...

Pelligra, V. (2011). Empathy, guilt-aversion, and patterns of reciprocity. Journal of Neuroscience, Psychology, and Economics 4 (3), 161-173

This paper reports the results of an experiment aimed at investigating the link between empathy,...

Pendenza, M. (2000). Cooperazione, fiducia e capitale sociale. Liguori

Il volume riprende la critica sociologica della razionalità strumentale e illustra i «...

Poulsen, A., Svendsen, G. T. (2005). Social Capital and Endogenous Preferences. Public Choice 123 (1), 171-196

In this paper we analyze whether social capital can emerge endogenously from a process of...

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