Special Issue "Advances in Behavioral Economics: Empathy and Happiness"

A special issue of Games (ISSN 2073-4336).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2019.

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Natalia V. Czap Website E-Mail
Department of Social Sciences (Economics discipline), University of Michigan-Dearborn, USA
Interests: behavioral economics; empathy; behavioral public policy; behavioral environmental economics; environmental conservation
Guest Editor
Dr. Hans J. Czap Website E-Mail
Department of Social Sciences (Economics discipline), University of Michigan-Dearborn, USA
Interests: environmental economics; industrial organization; experimental economics and environmental conservation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

A search for the words “empathy” and “happiness” in the journal Games returns no results (as of writing this call). This Special Issue will try to fill this gap. Human reciprocity, trust, cooperation, reputation, envy, guilt, fairness, and morality have been successfully defined and modeled in games. Empathy and happiness, despite their importance in decision-making, have received relatively little attention in game theory and experimental studies. Typically, we use games and experiments to observe individual behavior and, through clever experimental design, infer the likely channel that caused said behavior. This research often fails to assess directly how individuals actually feel about their choices: are they happy with them? For humans, however, experienced feelings and emotions are often equally or more important than their choices and outcomes. We believe that this Special Issue will provide a great forum to discuss and evaluate the role of empathy and happiness in decision-making and to promote stimulating research in this field.

Dr. Natalia V. Czap
Dr. Hans J. Czap
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Team Production and Esteem: A Dual Selves Model with Belief-Dependent Preferences
Games 2019, 10(3), 33; https://doi.org/10.3390/g10030033 - 14 Aug 2019
Abstract
We propose a dual selves model to integrate affective responses and belief-dependent emotions into game theory. We apply our model to team production and model a worker as being composed of a rational self, who chooses effort, and an emotional self, who expresses [...] Read more.
We propose a dual selves model to integrate affective responses and belief-dependent emotions into game theory. We apply our model to team production and model a worker as being composed of a rational self, who chooses effort, and an emotional self, who expresses esteem. Similar to psychological game theory, utilities depend on beliefs, but only indirectly. More concretely, emotions affect utilities, and the expression of emotions depends on updated beliefs. Modeling affective responses as actions chosen by the emotional self allows us to apply standard game-theoretic solution concepts. The model reveals that with incomplete information about abilities, workers only choose high effort if esteem is expressed based on interpersonal comparisons and if the preference for esteem is a status preference. Full article
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