Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Fairness, Equity, and Justice

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Provides experimental perspectives on issues of profound interest and importance across all societies: fairness, equity, and justice
Chapter 1. Introduction and Guide to the Volume by David P. Tracer & Meng Li

Chapter 2. The Neural Basis of Fairness by Peter Vavra, Jeroen van Baar & Alan Sanfey

Chapter 3. The Evolution of Moral Development by Mark Sheskin

Chapter 4. Public Preferences about Fairness and the Ethics of Allocating Scarce Medical Interventions by Govind Persad

Chapter 5. Equality by Principle, Efficiency by Practice- How Policy Description affects Allocation Preference by Meng Li & Jeff DeWitt

Chapter 6. Resource Allocation Decisions: When do we sacrifice efficiency in the name of equity? by Tom Gordon-Hecker, Shoham Choshen-Hillel, Shaul Shalvi & Yoella Bereby-Meyer

Chapter 7. The Logic and Location of Strong Reciprocity: Anthropological and Philosophical Considerations by Jordan Kiper and Richard Sosis

Chapter 8. Fairness in Cultural Context by Carolyn K. Lesorogol

Chapter 9. Justice Preferences: An Experimental Economic Study in Papua New Guinea by David P. Tracer

Chapter 10. Framing Charitable Solicitations in a Behavioral Experiment: Cues Derived from Evolutionary Theory of Cooperation and Economic Anthropology by Shane A. Scaggs, Karen S. Fulk, Delaney Glass & John P. Ziker
This volume brings together cutting-edge research from emerging and senior scholars alike representing a variety of disciplines that bears on human preferences for fairness, equity and justice. Despite predictions derived from evolutionary and economic theories that individuals will behave in the service of maximizing their own utility and survival, humans not only behave cooperatively, but in many instances, truly altruistically, giving to unrelated others at a cost to themselves. Humans also seem preoccupied like no other species with issues of fairness, equity and justice. But what exactly is fair and how are norms of fairness maintained? How should we decide, and how do we decide, between equity and efficiency? How does the idea of fairness translate across cultures? What is the relationship between human evolution and the development of morality? The collected chapters shed light on these questions and more to advance our understanding of these uniquely human concerns.

Structured on an increasing scale, this volume begins by exploring issues of fairness, equity, and justice in a micro scale, such as the neural basis of fairness, and then progresses by considering these issues in individual, family, and finally cultural and societal arenas. Importantly, contributors are drawn from fields as diverse as anthropology, neuroscience, behavioral economics, bioethics, and psychology. Thus, the chapters provide added value and insights when read collectively, with the ultimate goal of enhancing the distinct disciplines as they investigate similar research questions about prosociality. In addition, particular attention is given to experimental research approaches and policy implications for some of society's most pressing issues, such as allocation of scarce medical resources and moral development of children. Thought-provoking and informative, Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Fairness, Equity, and Justice is a valuable read for public policy makers, anthropologists, ethicists, psychologists, neuroscientists, and all those interested in these questions about the essence of human nature.