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Altruistic capital

Ashraf, Nava and Bandiera, Oriana (2017) Altruistic capital. American Economic Review, 107 (5). pp. 70-75. ISSN 0002-8282

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Identification Number: 10.1257/aer.p20171097


To understand altruistic behavior, we must understand the process through which altruism develops and is shaped by the agents' own choices and exogenous factors. We introduce the concept of altruistic capital, which grows with effort devoted to altruistic acts and facilitates future altruism. We illustrate its potential use in the context of banking and conclude by showing that returns to altruistic effort shape the agent's choices and are shaped by external events such as the financial crisis.

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Additional Information: © 2017 American Economic Association
Divisions: Economics
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2017 14:17
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2024 21:09

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