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A note on empathy in games

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  • Grohn, Jan
  • Huck, Steffen
  • Valasek, Justin Mattias

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In this note we shall discuss a concept that - despite its prominence in both Hume (1739) and Smith (1759), its obvious relevance for social behavior, and its not so infrequent use in colloquial language - has never gained a foothold in economic theory: the concept of empathy. Specifically, we illustrate how some insights from the psychological literature on empathy can be incorporated into a standard utility framework, and demonstrate the potential interaction of beliefs and utility through the channel of empathy.

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  • Grohn, Jan & Huck, Steffen & Valasek, Justin Mattias, 2014. "A note on empathy in games," Discussion Papers, Research Unit: Economics of Change SP II 2014-301, Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB).
  • Handle: RePEc:zbw:wzbeoc:spii2014301
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    Keywords

    Empathy; Belief Formation; Preferences;

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    • D03 - Microeconomics - - General - - - Behavioral Microeconomics: Underlying Principles
    • D83 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Search; Learning; Information and Knowledge; Communication; Belief; Unawareness

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