By Adam Grant s."
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Hearts of darkness
Changing economics and business education
- Require economics majors to take courses in behavioral economics, which considers the role of “social preferences” like fairness, altruism, cooperation, and even being rationally altruistic.
- Require economics majors to take breadth courses in social sciences like biological anthropology, sociology (pdf), and psychology, which place substantial emphasis on how people are concerned about others, not only themselves.
- Within economics courses, do a better job defining the principle of self-interest around utility, which involves anything a person values—including helping others. This might mean covering evidence that natural selection can favor unselfish behavior, and that pure selfishness is less common than being “groupish” (willing to put group interests ahead of their own personal interests) and “otherish” (often motivated to help others and themselves at the same time).