Location: Northampton, MA USA
Anniversary: August 26
In My Own Words:
Herbert Gintis (Ph.D. in Economics, Harvard University, 1969) is External Professor, Santa Fe Institute, and Professor of Economics, Central European University. He develops transdisciplinary models of altruistic and cooperative behavior, incorporating such behaviors as empathy, reciprocity, spontaneous punishing of free-riders and norm violaters, insider bias, vindictiveness, and other observed h… Read more
Herbert Gintis (Ph.D. in Economics, Harvard University, 1969) is External Professor, Santa Fe Institute, and Professor of Economics, Central European University. He develops transdisciplinary models of altruistic and cooperative behavior, incorporating such behaviors as empathy, reciprocity, spontaneous punishing of free-riders and norm violaters, insider bias, vindictiveness, and other observed human behaviors not well handled by the traditional model of the self-regarding agent. His web site, http://people.umass.edu/gintis, contains pertinent information.
Professor Gintis published Game Theory Evolving (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2000), and is coeditor, with Joe Henrich, Robert Boyd, Samuel Bowles, Colin Camerer, and Ernst Fehr, of Foundations of Human Sociality: Economic Experiments and Ethnographic Evidence from Fifteen Small-scale Societies (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004), and with Samuel Bowles, Robert Boyd and Ernst Fehr, Moral Sentiments and Material Interests: On the Foundations of Cooperation in Economic Life (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2005). He is currently completing a book with Professor Bowles entitled A Cooperative Species: Human Reciprocity and its Evolution, and another book "The Bounds of Reason: Game Theory for the Behavioral Sciences."
Is most recent paper, as of this update, is "Cooperation and Cooperation" Science 319 7 March 2008: 1345-1346
His latest papers in economics include, with Samuel Bowles, "Social Capital and Community Governance", Economic Journal 112,483 (2002):419-436; with Samuel Bowles, "Walrasian Economics in Retrospect", Quarterly Journal of Economics (2000):1411-1439; ith Samuel owles, "Reciprocity, Self-Interest and the Welfare State", Nordic Journal of Political Economy 26 (2000); with Samuel Bowles, "Intergenerational Inequality." Journal of Economic Perspectives, 16 (2002); with Samuel Bowles and Melissa Osborne, "The Determinants of Individual Earnings: Skills, Preferences, and Schooling," Journal of Economic Literature, (2001), and "Incentive-Enhancing Preferences: Personality, Behavior and Earnings," American Economic Review 9 (May 2001); and with Joseph Henrich, Robert Boyd, Samuel Bowles, Colin Camerer, Ernst Fehr, and Richard McElreath, "Cooperation, Reciprocity and Punishment in Fifteen Small-scale Societies," American Economic Review 91 (May 2001); and with Christina Fong and Samuel Bowles "Reciprocity and the Welfare State," in Jean Mercier-Ythier, Serge Kolm, and Louis-Andre Gerard-Varet," Handbook on the Economics of Giving, Reciprocity and Altruism (Amsterdam, Elsevier 2003).
His papers in biology, anthropology, sociology and other journals in the behavioral sciences include "Solving the Puzzle of Human Prosociality," Rationality and Society 15,2 (2003), "The Hitchhiker's Guide to Altruism: Genes and Culture, and the Internalization of Norms" Journal of Theoretical Biology (2003), "Strong Reciprocity and Human Sociality", Journal of Theoretical Biology 206 (2000), With Robert Boyd, Samuel Bowles, and Peter Richerson, he wrote "Altruistic Punishment in Large Groups Evolves by Interdemic Group Selection," Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2003). With Samuel Bowles and Eric Alden Smith he wrote "Costly Signaling and Cooperation," Journal of Theoretical Biology, 213 (2001).
Behavioral Science Natural Science, especcially physics Mathematics, especially logic Game Theory Evolutionary Theory Human Rights and Social Equality