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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

  • "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. [pdf 587KB]
  • "Fair Air: Distributive Justice and Environmental Economics," with Olof Johansson-Stenman, Environmental and Resource Economics, vol. 46, no. 2 (June), pp. 147-166, 2010. [download from ERE 268KB]
  • 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. [download from SWC 275KB]
  • "Morals and Mores? Experimental Evidence on Equity and Equality," with Tatsuyoshi Saijo and Kenju Akai, 2009. [pdf 291KB]
  • "Distributive Justice," in the Encyclopedia of American Government and Civics, Michael A. Genovese and Lori C. Han, editors, New York: Facts-on-File, 2008. [pdf 29KB]
  • 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. [download from SJR 289KB]
  • 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. [pdf 509KB]
  • Fair and Square: The Four Sides of Distributive Justice,” Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, vol. 46, no. 2 (October), pp. 137-164, 2001. [pdf 169KB]
  • Fair Shares: Accountability and Cognitive Dissonance in Allocation Decisions,” American Economic Review, vol. 90, no. 4 (September), pp. 1072-1091, 2000. [pdf 275KB]
  • A Positive Theory of Economic Fairness,” Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, vol. 31, no. 1 (October), pp. 13-35, 1996. [pdf 348]

Happiness/Altruism

  • Mixed Feelings: Theories of and Evidence on Giving,” Journal of Public Economics, vol. 94, nos. 3-4 (April), pp. 279-297, 2010. [download from JPubEc 802KB]
  • The Hedonistic Paradox: Is Homo Economicus Happier?” with Joseph Earley, Journal of Public Economics, vol. 92, nos. 1-2 (February), pp. 1-33, 2008. [pdf 348KB]
  • Happiness and Economics,” by Bruno Frey and Alois Stutzer, review in KYKLOS, vol. 56, no. 2 (May), pp. 284-287, 2003. [pdf 15KB]

Cooperation/Environmental Economics

  • Cooperation Is Relative: Income and Framing Effects with Public Goods,” with Kjell Arne Brekke and Karine Nyborg, 2012. [pdf 236KB]
  • "Fair Air: Distributive Justice and Environmental Economics," with Olof Johansson-Stenman, Environmental and Resource Economics, vol. 46, no. 2 (June), pp. 147-166, 2010. [download from ERE 268KB]

Philosophy and Economics

  • "Coercion and Consent," Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics, vol. 170, no. 1 (March), pp. 49-74, 2014. [pdf 217KB]
  • Adam Smith and the Modern Science of Ethics,” Economics and Philosophy, Volume 28, Issue 03, November 2012, pp 333-362.  [pdf 530 KB]

Impartiality and Moral Bias

  • Adam Smith and the Modern Science of Ethics,” 2012. [pdf 155KB]
  • 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. [download from SWC 275KB]
  • "Social Preferences and Moral Biases," with Rachel Croson, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, vol. 69, no. 3 (March), pp. 201-212, 2009. [download from JEBO 558KB]
  • The Moral High Ground: An Experimental Study of Spectator Impartiality,” 2008. [pdf 217KB]
  • 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. [download from SJR 289KB]
  • 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. [pdf 509KB]
  • Fair Shares: Accountability and Cognitive Dissonance in Allocation Decisions,” American Economic Review, vol. 90, no. 4 (September), pp. 1072-1091, 2000. [pdf 275KB]

Ethics Education/Norm Formation