Introduction and Guide to the Volume

Joseph Henrich, Robert Boyd, Samuel Bowles, Colin F. Camerer, Ernst Fehr and Herbert Gintis

in Foundations of Human Sociality

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780199262052
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191601637 | DOI:
 Introduction and Guide to the Volume

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The origin and history of the (social) Preferences Network research project whose results are reported in the book is described. It is one of the research networks in the MacArthur Foundation style of MacArthur Economics Networks founded in 1993, and aimed to bring together economists, anthropologists, psychologists, and other behavioural scientists to develop systematically richer models of preferences according to which people take account of the effects of their actions on themselves and others, and in which the process determining outcomes matters as well as the outcomes themselves. Experimental economics played a large role in this particular network, which to start with was based on work (rooted in the logic of game theory) with undergraduate students, but then expanded into the cross‐cultural behavioural experiments project reported in the book. The chapter also presents a short outline of the structure of the volume.

Keywords: cross‐cultural behaviour; cross‐cultural study; experimental economics; game theory; MacArthur Economics Networks; models of preferences; Preferences Network; social behaviour; social preferences

Chapter.  2373 words. 

Subjects: Microeconomics

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