Louis Putterman Ph.D.

Louis Putterman, Ph.D., is a behavioral economist and professor at Brown University. He researches why we've been unable to build a more equitable society conducive to human flourishing. In 2020, Putterman launched the website https://www.louisputterman.com/ to discuss issues of social justice and current affairs. He tweets at https://twitter.com/LPBetterWorld.

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The Good, The Bad, The Economy

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.

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