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Warm-Glow Giving and Freedom to be Selfish

  • Özgür Evren

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    (New Economic School)

  • Stefania Minardi

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    (Department of Economics, New York University)

Warm-glow refers to other-serving behavior that is valuable for the actor per se, apart from its social implications. We provide axiomatic foundations for warm-glow by viewing it as a form of preference for larger choice sets, in the sense of the literature on freedom of choice. Specically, an individual who experiences warm-glow prefers the freedom to be sel sh: she values the availability of sel sh options even if she plans to act unsel shly. Our theory also provides foundations for empirically distinguishing between warm-glow and other motivations for prosocial behavior. The implied choice behavior subsumes Riker and Ordeshook (1968) and Andreoni (1990).

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Paper provided by Center for Economic and Financial Research (CEFIR) in its series Working Papers with number w0171.

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Length: 47 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2011
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Handle: RePEc:cfr:cefirw:w0171
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