This book studies the allocation of scarce resources among competing
needs and wants.
Chapter 1 – Luck, effort and Redistribution on procedural justice
provides one possible explanation for the vast differences between US
and Western European tax an redistribution levels.
Chapter 2- Participation and Peers in Social Dilemmas on social norms
investigates two potential reasons why solutions to social dilemmas in
for instance insurance systems can persist without being destroyed by
the negative forces of free-riding.
Chapter 3 - Commitment and Impasses in Negotiation on conflict shifts
focus to bilateral bargaining and the reasons for conflict and impasses.
Whether they manifest as strikes, job resignations, or trade embargoes,
failures of the negotiation process create tremendous loss of social
welfare and are therefore important to further understand.
Each chapter is based on observations of real human behavior in the lab.
The empirical data consists of: 204 M.B.A. students and 96 M.Sc.
students from Harvard university, the Stockholm School of Economics, the
Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm university and Karolinska
Institutet; 5 experiments over 21 experimental sessions generated 2,520
Sebastian Eriksson Giwa has a Master of Science from the Stockholm
School of Economics, a Master of Business Administration from the
Harvard Business School where he was a baker Scholar, and is presenting
this book for his Doctor of Philosophy degree. Large parts of
Sebastian’s research were conducted while he was a visiting Ph.D.
student at the Department of Economics at Harvard University and during
graduate studies at the Harvard Business School.
Today Sebastian’ splits his time between living in Connecticut, where he
works, and being in New York City, where he lives with his wonderful
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