Law & Prosociality eJournal
Editor: Lynn A. Stout
University of California, Los Angeles - School of Law

This eJournal distributes working and accepted paper abstracts covering various aspects of the many interactions between law and prosocial behavior. Extensive empirical evidence demonstrates that rather than always maximizing their own material self-interest, people often behave prosocially by sacrificing their own material welfare in order to help, and sometimes in order to harm, other people. For example, people often follow legal rules, obey social norms, and show both trust and trustworthiness, even when external sanctions are weak or absent. Papers in LAW AND PROSOCIALITY use data and evidence gathered from neuroscience, experimental and behavioral economics and psychology, and other life and social sciences to shed light on the empirical phenomenon of prosocial behavior and to examine how prosocial behavior depends on, reinforces, and interacts with law and public policy. Legal scholars, behavioral economists, psychologists, policy experts, and other researchers and scholars are encouraged to submit papers that investigate the empirical phenomenon of prosocial behaviors, including behaviors like trust, altruism, cooperation, and altruistic punishment, and their relation to law and social order.

LAW, BRAIN AND BEHAVIOR journals are sponsored by Indiana Maurer School of Law and by the UCLA School of Law at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Law & Prosociality eJournal Advisory Board
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Editor: Lynn A. Stout
University of California, Los Angeles - School of Law


Iris Bohnet

Robert C. Ellickson

Ernst Fehr

Dan M. Kahan

Erin Ann O'Hara

Paul J. Zak

Frans B.M. de Waal