Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Dirk Ehnts — Sympathy for the deficit – or better empathy?

It seems that prosocial behavior is acquired, not hardwired into the genes. If that is so, the recent failure of empathy in the European Monetary Union has much deeper roots than financial problems. Perhaps antisocial behavior was rewarded too much in the past, with taxes falling for the wealthier part of Europeans, tax flight being more and more common and financial crimes were decriminalized.
Sympathy for the deficit – or better empathy?
Dirk Ehnts | Berlin School for Economics and Law

Two relevant recent findings. First, taking university courses in economics makes on less pro-social, and secondly, elevated social status and wealth also make one less pro-social. Maybe there are some lessons here.


David said...

Sympathy for the deficit:

Please allow me to introduce myself,
I'm a number of private wealth and savings...

Chewitup said...

But what's puzzling you, is the nature of my game.