Opening-up the objective function: Choice behavior and economic and non-economic variables-core and marginal altruism

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

7 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

A revised model of the preference function is presented incorporating utility maximizing acts of material self-sacrifice. This model incorporates neoclassical and behavioral arguments, allowing for the stylized fact that economic agents are motivated by both material and non-material incentives. Given such a preference function, choice behavior is modeled as a function of relative opportunity costs (price) and real income. Preferences are determined by a variety of variables inclusive of social capital and education. There is therefore a core preference based upon non-economic variables and a 'marginal' component which is a function of conventional economic variables. The relative importance of these two components in determinating choice behavior is an empirical question. Building upon conventional tools, a demand curve for moral acts is derived and underlying income and substitution effects discussed. Empirical evidence from the tipping literature is used to illustrate the model.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-7
JournalEconomics Bulletin
Volume4
Issue number33
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2006

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Opening-up the objective function: Choice behavior and economic and non-economic variables-core and marginal altruism'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this