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Superfreakonomics: Chapter 3

ALTRUISM
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Julien Coleman

on 19 April 2011

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Transcript of Superfreakonomics: Chapter 3

SUPERFREAKONOMICS Chapter 3: Altruism EXAMPLES Mr. FRICk donates a kidney to his uncle to save his life. ALTRUISM Mr. Frick sends a contribution to a "feed the poor" campaign after guilt realizing how well off is. Viewpoints on Altruism People seem to be more altruistic when they feel that they are required to be altruistic. Reason is, when rules and guidelines are placed on an activity,
it questions a person's conscience. In most cases, the average person will be altruistic because the rules force him or her to think they have to or should be altruistic. Tests such as in superfreakonomics show on average that when a person does not have guidelines to follow or no limitations, that person will not be altruistic or less altruistic Possible Solutions to increase Altruistic Actions Reward people with benefits for committing altruistic actions such as pointing out a thief, or assisting the police with crime scenes. Reward a city with many benefits based on the improvement of crime reduction. TeRMS 1. Altruism: The belief in or practice of disinterested and selfless concern for the well-being of others.

2. Cost-Benefit Analysis-A cost benefit analysis is done to determine how well, or how poorly, a planned action will turn out.
3. incentive-something that incites or tends to incite to action or greater effort, as a reward offered for increased productivity.
4.commensurate value: intended to be suitable for the quality, status, or value of someone or something
a pay increase commensurate with job performance.
5. delagation: Grant of authority by one party (the delegator) to another (the delgatee) for agreed purpose(s). Under the legal concept of vicarious liability, the delegator remains responsible for the delegatee's acts or omissions in carrying out the purpose of the delegation.

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