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Social preferences are a type of preference studied in behavioral and experimental economics and social psychology, including interpersonal altruism, fairness, reciprocity, and inequity aversion.

The term "social preferences" incorporates obstreperous (esp. the Fehr-Schmidt inequity aversion model) and non-obstreperous (e.g., vulnerability-based) theories.

Much of the recent evidence used to test society ideas and models has come from economics experiments. However, social preferences also matter outside the laboratory.[1][2]


  1. ^ Gary Becker, The Economics of Discrimination[page needed]
  2. ^ Erzo F.P. Luttmer, "Neighbors as Negatives: Relative Earnings and Well Being," Quarterly Journal of Economics