Mirror Neurons and Economics

Brad De Long has an interesting post called Neurological Microfoundations for Adam Smith’s Theory of Moral Sentiments dealing with mirror neurons.

Ernst Fehr and Tania Singer also discuss mirror neurons in The Neuroeconomics of Mind Reading and Empathy, forthcoming in American Economic Review.

See also Robert Sugden’s Mirror Neurons and Adam Smith’s Theory of Sympathy, pp. 388-391 in Perspectives on Imitation: From Mirror Neurons to Memes, Volume 2: Imitation, Human Development, and Culture, eds Nick Chater and Susan Hurley, MIT Press, (2005).


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