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Modelling kindness

Journal article
Authors Martin Dufwenberg
G. Kirchsteiger
Published in Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization
Volume 167
Issue November
Pages 228-234
ISSN 0167-2681
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of Economics
Pages 228-234
Language en
Keywords Kindness, Reciprocity, Efficient strategies, mechanism design, gift-exchange, reciprocity, preferences, fairness, Business & Economics
Subject categories Economics and Business


Kindness is an important concept in reciprocity theory, and may matter also for other forms of motivation. We critically compare definitions proposed by Rabin (1993) and by Dufwenberg and Kirchsteiger (2004). Several reasons to prefer the latter definition are highlighted, but also a flaw (discovered by Isoni and Sugden 2018) which we show can be eliminated using a slightly revised definition. (C) 2018 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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