Economic Consequences of Altruism

A Two-Group Growth Model of the Welfare Economy
  • Wei-Bin Zhang


Over years many efforts have been made to enlarge the scope of economic analysis. Social and economic issues such as family, morality, law, discrimination, altruism, communitarianism, and sexual relationships have been integrated into economic analyses (e.g., Becker, 1957, 1981a, Casson, 1997a, 1997b, Kapur, 1999, Zhang, 1999a). It has become clear that introduction of ‘non-economic variables’ into economic analysis often provides new insights about relations between individuals and society. ‘Invisible relationships’ between different social and economic phenomena are often ‘discovered’ by new analytical connections.


Human Capital Welfare State Capita Consumption Identical Preference Wealth Distribution 
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