Samuel Bowles is Professor of Economics at the University of Siena in Italy, the Arthur Spiegel Research Professor and Director of the Behavioral Sciences Program at the Santa Fe Institute, and a Professor Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He graduated from Yale University with a B.A., before earning his Ph.D in economics from Harvard University.
Bowles’ research has explored existing theories regarding the effects of inequality and free markets, finding that countries with less inequality perform better than economies with greater inequality. He is interested in how human behavior, preferences, and motivations evolve over time. He has also explored selfishness and altruism as motivating forces, seeking to understand the factors that cause a human to choose one path or the other. His work has been characterized as neo-Marxian or, for others post-Walrasian economics.
He is a cofounder of the CORE Project, which is an effort to update and advance undergraduate economic curriculum by including aspects of empathy, altruism, and care for the environment. His work is funded by the MacArthur Research Network on Preferences and by the MacArthur Research Network on Effects of Inequality on Economic Performance.
Bowles was recognized by the Global Development and Environment Institute in 2006.
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