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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

  • “Can Studying Ethics Affect Moral Views? An Application to Economic Justice,” Journal of Economic Methodology, vol. 24, no. 2, pp. 190-203, 2017. [pdf at 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. [pdf at JSTOR]
  • "Fair Air: Distributive Justice and Environmental Economics," with Olof Johansson-Stenman, Environmental and Resource Economics, vol. 46, no. 2 (June), pp. 147-166, 2010. [pdf at 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. [pdf at SWC]
  • "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.
  • 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. [pdf at 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. [pdf at JSTOR]
  • 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 at ScienceDirect]
  • Fair Shares: Accountability and Cognitive Dissonance in Allocation Decisions,” American Economic Review, vol. 90, no. 4 (September), pp. 1072-1091, 2000. [pdf at JSTOR]
  • A Positive Theory of Economic Fairness,” Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, vol. 31, no. 1 (October), pp. 13-35, 1996. [pdf at ScienceDirect]

Happiness/Altruism

  • Mixed Feelings: Theories of and Evidence on Giving,” Journal of Public Economics, vol. 94, nos. 3-4 (April), pp. 279-297, 2010. [pdf at ScienceDirect]
  • 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 at ScienceDirect]
  • Happiness and Economics,” by Bruno Frey and Alois Stutzer, review in KYKLOS, vol. 56, no. 2 (May), pp. 284-287, 2003. [pdf at KYKLOS]

Cooperation/Environmental Economics

  • “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. pdf at Elsevier
  • "Fair Air: Distributive Justice and Environmental Economics," with Olof Johansson-Stenman, Environmental and Resource Economics, vol. 46, no. 2 (June), pp. 147-166, 2010. [pdf at SpringerLink]

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,” 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. [pdf at SCW]
  • "Social Preferences and Moral Biases," with Rachel Croson, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, vol. 69, no. 3 (March), pp. 201-212, 2009. [pdf at JEBO]
  • 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. [pdf at 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 at JSTOR]
  • Fair Shares: Accountability and Cognitive Dissonance in Allocation Decisions,” American Economic Review, vol. 90, no. 4 (September), pp. 1072-1091, 2000. [pdf at JSTOR]

Ethics Education/Norm Formation

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