James Andreoni and the quest for others in our utility functions

Manuel Muñoz-Herrera, Nikos Nikiforakis

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Over the past 30 years, James Andreoni has produced a body of work like few others in public economics. Motivated by a personal need to understand the determinants of prosocial behavior, and by offering a rare blend of insights from formal theory, controlled experiments, and field data, Andreoni has succeeded in elucidating the broader relevance of prosocial motives and their far-reaching economic implications. This article offers an overview of his work on prosociality, highlighting some of his seminal contributions and placing them in a historical context. We argue that James Andreoni has had a unique role in the quest to ensure that others have a place in our utility functions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)804-811
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Public Economic Theory
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 1 2019


  • A39-other
  • James Andreoni
  • collective works
  • general economics and teaching

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Finance
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Economics and Econometrics


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