Selfishness, Altruism, and Rationality by Howard MargolisSelfishness, Altruism, and Rationality by Howard Margolis

Selfishness, Altruism, and Rationality

byHoward Margolis

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Why do we volunteer time? Why do we contribute money? Why, even, do we vote, if the effect of a single vote is negligible? Rationality-based microeconomic models are hard-pressed to explain such social behavior, but Howard Margolis proposes a solution. He suggests that within each person there are two selves, one selfish and the other group-oriented, and that the individual follows a Darwinian rule for allocating resources between those two selves.

"Howard Margolis's intriguing ideas . . . provide an alternative to the crude models of rational choice that have dominated economics and political science for too long."—Times Literary Supplement
Howard Margolis has held research and teaching appointments at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Russell Sage Foundation, the Institute for Advanced Studies at Princeton, and the University of California, Irvine.
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Title:Selfishness, Altruism, and RationalityFormat:PaperbackDimensions:201 pages, 9.08 × 6.03 × 1.1 inPublished:October 15, 1984Publisher:University of Chicago Press

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Table of Contents

Preface
Special notation
Introduction
1. Overview
2. Paradoxes
3. A Darwinian argument
4. A new model
5. Applying the FS model
6. Translating across paradigms
7. Voting behavior
8. Leaders and followers
9. Sketch of further applications
Technical appendixes
A. Diagrammatic treatment of goods versus participation altruism
B. Detailed introduction of the FS model
C. Some properties of the FS model
D. Extended Lindahl-Samuelson equilibria
E. Coerced and voluntary spending
F. Interaction of FS and Schelling's "inner struggle"
G. Notes on further psychological issues
Notes
Literature cited
Index

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Why do we volunteer time? Why do we contribute money? Why, even, do we vote, if the effect of a single vote is negligible? Rationality-based microeconomic models are hard-pressed to explain such social behavior, but Howard Margolis proposes a solution. He suggests that within each person there are two selves. Selfishness, Altruism, and Rationality, first published in 1982, is a work of great value not only to economists and political scientists specializing in public choice but to all those interested in social theory.