Re: poly: Warm-Glow, not Altruism

From: Nick Bostrom <>
Date: Mon May 25 1998 - 21:32:44 PDT

Robin Hanson wrote:

> Nick B. writes:
> >I want to go even further: I claim that there is a huge inefficiency
> >in the way that people spend their money altruistically.

> >There is no ruthless feedback system and no punishment for giving to
> >the wrong charities

> Economists like myself tend to resist stupidity explanations like this,
> because just about any modeling approach can explain just about any
> behavior if you put stupidity in the right place.
> For this case a natural explanation is that charity isn't driven by
> altruism; people *aren't* altruistic. Instead, people just like the
> act of giving, regardless of whether it helps or not.

Hmm... Then, how comes people never give to people who are richer
than themselves?

Nicholas Bostrom
Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
London School of Economics
Received on Tue May 26 03:40:26 1998

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