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Professor Konow's area of research is behavioral economics, i.e., an approach to economics informed by psychology. Behavioral economists usually explore economic behavior and decision-making processes that are at variance with the predictions of conventional economic models. Within this approach, he specializes in economics and ethics, which examines the roles of justice, altruism, reciprocity, and other ethical concerns in the economic domain. Typically, his studies in this area contain both a theoretical component as well as empirical evidence on the theory drawn from experiments and/or surveys.

Justice

  • “Does Studying Ethics Affect Moral Views? An Application to Economic Justice,” Journal of Economic Methodology, vol. 24, no. 2, pp. 190-203, 2017. [Taylor & Francis]
  • “The Economics of Justice,” with Lars Schwettmann in: Handbook of Social Justice Theory and Research, editors Clara Sabbagh and Manfred Schmitt, New York: Springer Verlag, pp. 83-106, 2016.
  • "Just Luck: An Experimental Study of Risk Taking and Fairness," with Alexander Cappelen, Erik Sørensen and Bertil Tungodden, American Economic Review, vol. 103, no. 4 (June), pp. 1398–1413, 2013. [AER]
  • "Fair Air: Distributive Justice and Environmental Economics," with Olof Johansson-Stenman, Environmental and Resource Economics, vol. 46, no. 2 (June), pp. 147-166, 2010. [ERE]
  • Is Fairness in the Eye of the Beholder? An Impartial Spectator Analysis of Justice,” Social Choice and Welfare, vol. 33, no. 1 (June), pp. 101-127, 2009. [SCW]
  • "Morals and Mores? Experimental Evidence on Equity and Equality," with Tatsuyoshi Saijo and Kenju Akai, 2009. [pdf]
  • "Distributive Justice," in the Encyclopedia of American Government and Civics, Michael A. Genovese and Lori C. Han, editors, New York: Facts-on-File, 2008.
  • Blind Spots: The Effects of Information and Stakes on Fairness Bias and Dispersion,” Social Justice Research, vol. 18, no. 4 (December), pp. 349-390, 2005. [SJR]
  • Which Is the Fairest One of All?: A Positive Analysis of Justice Theories,” Journal of Economic Literature, vol. 41, no. 4 (December), pp. 1186-1237, 2003. [JEL]
  • Fair and Square: The Four Sides of Distributive Justice,” Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, vol. 46, no. 2 (October), pp. 137-164, 2001. [JEBO]
  • Fair Shares: Accountability and Cognitive Dissonance in Allocation Decisions,” American Economic Review, vol. 90, no. 4 (September), pp. 1072-1091, 2000. [AER]
  • A Positive Theory of Economic Fairness,” Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, vol. 31, no. 1 (October), pp. 13-35, 1996. [JEBO]

Happiness/Altruism

  • "Materialism, Spending and Affect: An Event-Sampling Study of Marketplace Behavior and Its Affective Costs," with Kirk Warren Brown, Tim Kasser and Richard M. Ryan, Journal of Happiness Studies, vol. 17, no. 6 (December), pp. 2277–2292, 2016. [JHS]
  • Mixed Feelings: Theories of and Evidence on Giving,” Journal of Public Economics, vol. 94, nos. 3-4 (April), pp. 279-297, 2010. [JPubEc]
  • The Hedonistic Paradox: Is Homo Economicus Happier?” with Joseph Earley, Journal of Public Economics, vol. 92, nos. 1-2 (February), pp. 1-33, 2008. [JPubEc]
  • Happiness and Economics,” by Bruno Frey and Alois Stutzer, review in KYKLOS, vol. 56, no. 2 (May), pp. 284-287, 2003. [KYKLOS]

Cooperation/Environmental Economics

  • "Can Ethics Instruction Make Economics Students More Pro-Social?[pdf]
  • “Framing in a Threshold Public Goods Experiment with Heterogeneous Endowments,” with Kjell Arne Brekke and Karine Nyborg, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, vol. 138 (June), pp. 99-110, 2017. [JEBO]
  • "Fair Air: Distributive Justice and Environmental Economics," with Olof Johansson-Stenman, Environmental and Resource Economics, vol. 46, no. 2 (June), pp. 147-166, 2010. [ERE]

Philosophy and Economics

  • “Does Studying Ethics Affect Moral Views? An Application to Economic Justice,” Journal of Economic Methodology, vol. 24, no. 2, pp. 190-203, 2017. [Taylor & Francis]
  • "Coercion and Consent," Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics, vol. 170, no. 1 (March), pp. 49-74, 2014. [pdf]
  • Adam Smith and the Modern Science of Ethics,” Economics and Philosophy, Volume 28, Issue 03, November 2012, pp 333-362.  [pdf]

Impartiality and Moral Bias

  • Adam Smith and the Modern Science of Ethics,” Economics and Philosophy, Volume 28, Issue 03, November 2012, pp 333-362.  [pdf]
  • Is Fairness in the Eye of the Beholder? An Impartial Spectator Analysis of Justice,” Social Choice and Welfare, vol. 33, no. 1 (June), pp. 101-127, 2009. [SCW]
  • "Social Preferences and Moral Biases," with Rachel Croson, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, vol. 69, no. 3 (March), pp. 201-212, 2009. [JEBO]
  • The Moral High Ground: An Experimental Study of Spectator Impartiality,” 2008. [pdf]
  • Blind Spots: The Effects of Information and Stakes on Fairness Bias and Dispersion,” Social Justice Research, vol. 18, no. 4 (December), pp. 349-390, 2005. [SJR]
  • Which Is the Fairest One of All?: A Positive Analysis of Justice Theories,” Journal of Economic Literature, vol. 41, no. 4 (December), pp. 1186-1237, 2003. [JEL]
  • Fair Shares: Accountability and Cognitive Dissonance in Allocation Decisions,” American Economic Review, vol. 90, no. 4 (September), pp. 1072-1091, 2000. [AER]

Ethics Education/Norm Formation

  • "Can Ethics Instruction Make Economics Students More Pro-Social?[pdf]
  • "Teaching Economic Ethics" [pdf]
  • “Does Studying Ethics Affect Moral Views? An Application to Economic Justice,” Journal of Economic Methodology, vol. 24, no. 2, pp. 190-203, 2017. [Taylor & Francis]