Louis Putterman, Ph.D., is an economics professor at Brown. Putterman researches why we've been unable to build a less unequal, and less violent world by investigating both the broader aspects of human nature and human self-interest.
A self-interested human nature is said to necessitate a private enterprise-based market economy with high levels of income inequality. But our society could hardly function if we were entirely selfish, and the new experimental and behavioral economics of social interaction provides plenty of evidence that we’re not. What does it all mean for the possibility of improving our society? For that of eliminating extreme poverty and violence elsewhere? This blog reports the new experimental results and addresses their larger implications.