IDEAS home Printed from
   My bibliography  Save this book chapter

Reciprocity and Norms

In: Social Ethics and Normative Economics


  • Jon Elster

    (Collège de France
    Columbia University)


For over a quarter of a century or more, Serge Kolm (see Kolm 1984, 2006, 2008) has made a number of contributions to the study of reciprocity. This article is intended to supplement his writings by addressing a topic that Kolm discusses mostly (but frequently) in passing: the relation between reciprocity and norms. I shall also consider the relation between Kolm’s work and the recent work by Ernst Fehr and his collaborators. The paper is organized as follows. In Sect. 2, I consider the structure of two-party reciprocity, and in Sect. 3 the relation between norms and reciprocity.

Suggested Citation

  • Jon Elster, 2011. "Reciprocity and Norms," Studies in Choice and Welfare, in: Marc Fleurbaey & Maurice Salles & John A. Weymark (ed.), Social Ethics and Normative Economics, pages 327-337, Springer.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:stcchp:978-3-642-17807-8_14
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-17807-8_14

    Download full text from publisher

    To our knowledge, this item is not available for download. To find whether it is available, there are three options:
    1. Check below whether another version of this item is available online.
    2. Check on the provider's web page whether it is in fact available.
    3. Perform a search for a similarly titled item that would be available.


    Citations are extracted by the CitEc Project, subscribe to its RSS feed for this item.

    Cited by:

    1. Carl Middleton & David J. Devlaeminck, 2021. "Reciprocity in practice: the hydropolitics of equitable and reasonable utilization in the Lancang-Mekong basin," International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics, Springer, vol. 21(2), pages 235-253, June.


    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:spr:stcchp:978-3-642-17807-8_14. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    We have no bibliographic references for this item. You can help adding them by using this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: Sonal Shukla or Springer Nature Abstracting and Indexing (email available below). General contact details of provider: .

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service. RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.