Game Theory

A game-theoretic explanation for the quirks of altruism: testing and using the theory

Faculty Member: Daniel Gilbert/Bethany Burum

 

Why do people give when asked, but actively avoid situations in which they will be asked? Choose to remain ignorant of information that would allow them to better help others? Pay relatively little attention to how much good they do with their giving? This experimental research program uses lab experiments to test a game theoretic explanation for why we give and why our giving has so many puzzling features. We also seek to demonstrate the ways that the emotions and ideologies that

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