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  1. Robert H. Frank (2012). A Less-is-More Approach to Introductory Economics. Journal of Economic Methodology 19 (3):193-198.
    Studies have shown that when students are tested about their knowledge of basic economic principles six months after completing an introductory economics course, they score no better, on average, than those who never took the course. That remarkable failure is explained in part by the fact that many professors try to teach their students far too much, and in part because many employ excessive mathematical formalism. This paper describes an alternative approach inspired by evidence that the human brain absorbs new (...)
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  2. Robert H. Frank (2011). The Strategic Role of the Emotions. Emotion Review 3 (3):252-254.
    Sympathy and other moral emotions described by David Hume (1740/1978) and Adam Smith (1759/1966) motivate people to incur a host of costs they could easily avoid. Such emotions pose a challenge to evolutionary biologists, who have long stressed the primacy of narrow self-interest in Darwinian selection. In earlier work, I argued (Frank, 1987, 1988) that natural selection might have favored moral sentiments because of their capacity to facilitate solutions to one-shot social dilemmas. Here, I present a capsule summary of the (...)
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  3. Robert H. Frank (2010). Feeling Our Way to the Common Good. The Monist 93 (1):141-165.
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  4. Robert H. Frank (2008). Book Reviews:Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness. [REVIEW] Ethics 119 (1):202-208.
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  5. Robert H. Frank (2005). Altruists with Green Beards: Still Kicking. Analyse and Kritik 27 (1):85-96.
    In earlier work, I proposed the 'adaptive standard of rationality', according to which narrow self-interest models can be broadened by positing additional tastes, but only upon a plausible showing that those tastes do not hamper resource acquisition in competitive environments. This proposal is related to the green beard hypothesis from biology, according to which altruism might be adaptive if its presence could be reliably signaled by some observable feature, such as a green beard. In their contri- bution to this issue (...)
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  6. Robert H. Frank (2005). Conflict of Interest as an Objection to Consequentialist Moral Reasoning. In Don A. Moore (ed.), Conflicts of Interest: Challenges and Solutions in Business, Law, Medicine, and Public Policy. Cambridge University Press.
     
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  7. Robert H. Frank (2005). Does Money Buy Happiness. In Felicia A. Huppert, Nick Baylis & Barry Keverne (eds.), The Science of Well-Being. Oup Oxford. 461--473.
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  8. Robert H. Frank (2002). Altruism in Competitive Environments. In Richard J. Davidson & Anne Harrington (eds.), Visions of Compassion: Western Scientists and Tibetan Buddhists Examine Human Nature. Oup Usa.
     
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  9. Robert H. Frank (1995). Internal Commitment and Efficient Habit Formation. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 18 (1):127-127.
    Rachlin's attack on the internal commitment model rests on the demonstrably false claim that self-punishment does not exist. He is correct that habits are an effective device for solving self-control problems, but his additional claim that they are the only such device makes it hard to explain how good habits develop in the first place. Someone with a self-control problem would always choose the spuriously attractive reward, which, over time, would create bad habits.
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  10. Robert H. Frank (1995). Review of Richard Posner's "Sex and Reason". [REVIEW] Economics and Philosophy 11:189.
     
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  11. Robert H. Frank (1994). Group Selection and “Genuine” Altruism. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 17 (4):620.
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  12. Robert H. Frank (1993). A New Contractarian View of Tax and Regulatory Policy in the Emerging Market Economies. Social Philosophy and Policy 10 (2):258-281.
    Recent decades have seen a resurgence of contractarian thinking about the nature and origins of the state. Scholars in this tradition ask what constraints rational, self-interested actors might deliberately impose upon themselves. In response, Hobbes, Rousseau, Locke, and other early contractarians answered that laws of property were an attractive alternative to “the war of all against all.” More recently, James Buchanan, Russell Hardin, Mancur Olson, Gordon Tullock, and others have used contractarian principles to justify laws that solve a variety of (...)
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  13. Robert H. Frank (1993). Strategies for Solving Impulse-Control Problems: Comments on George Ainslie's "Picoeconomics". Behavior and Philosophy 21 (2):49 - 55.
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  14. Robert H. Frank (1992). Anhang: Eine Formale Version des Festlegungsmodells. In Die Strategie der Emotionen: Passions Within Reason. De Gruyter. 215-224.
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  15. Robert H. Frank (1992). Bibliographie. In Die Strategie der Emotionen: Passions Within Reason. De Gruyter. 225-234.
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  16. Robert H. Frank (1992). Die Strategie der Emotionen: Passions Within Reason. De Gruyter.
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  17. Robert H. Frank (1992). Inhalt. In Die Strategie der Emotionen: Passions Within Reason. De Gruyter. 7-8.
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  18. Robert H. Frank (1992). Kapitel 11. Anstand. In Die Strategie der Emotionen: Passions Within Reason. De Gruyter. 178-196.
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  19. Robert H. Frank (1992). Kapitel 1. Die Überwindung des Eigennutzes. In Die Strategie der Emotionen: Passions Within Reason. De Gruyter. 13-27.
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  20. Robert H. Frank (1992). Kapitel 2. Das Paradox des Altruismus. In Die Strategie der Emotionen: Passions Within Reason. De Gruyter. 28-45.
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  21. Robert H. Frank (1992). Kapitel 7. Die Vorhersage von Kooperation. In Die Strategie der Emotionen: Passions Within Reason. De Gruyter. 117-126.
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  22. Robert H. Frank (1992). Kapitel 3. Eine Theorie der moralischen Gefühle. In Die Strategie der Emotionen: Passions Within Reason. De Gruyter. 46-67.
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  23. Robert H. Frank (1992). Kapitel 9. Fairneß. In Die Strategie der Emotionen: Passions Within Reason. De Gruyter. 140-156.
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  24. Robert H. Frank (1992). Kapitel 10. Liebe. In Die Strategie der Emotionen: Passions Within Reason. De Gruyter. 157-177.
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  25. Robert H. Frank (1992). Kapitel 4. Reputation. In Die Strategie der Emotionen: Passions Within Reason. De Gruyter. 68-87.
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  26. Robert H. Frank (1992). Kapitel 5. Signale. In Die Strategie der Emotionen: Passions Within Reason. De Gruyter. 88-100.
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  27. Robert H. Frank (1992). Kapitel 12. Schluß. In Die Strategie der Emotionen: Passions Within Reason. De Gruyter. 197-214.
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  28. Robert H. Frank (1992). Kapitel 6. Verräterische Spuren. In Die Strategie der Emotionen: Passions Within Reason. De Gruyter. 101-116.
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  29. Robert H. Frank (1992). Kapitel 8. Wie wird man moralisch? In Die Strategie der Emotionen: Passions Within Reason. De Gruyter. 127-139.
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  30. Robert H. Frank (1992). Personenregister. In Die Strategie der Emotionen: Passions Within Reason. De Gruyter. 235-238.
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  31. Robert H. Frank (1992). Sachregister. In Die Strategie der Emotionen: Passions Within Reason. De Gruyter. 239-248.
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  32. Robert H. Frank (1992). Vorwort. In Die Strategie der Emotionen: Passions Within Reason. De Gruyter. 9-12.
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  33. Robert H. Frank (1989). Honesty as an Evolutionarily Stable Strategy. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 12 (4):705.
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  34. Robert H. Frank (1988). Passions Within Reason: The Strategic Role of Emotions. Norton.
     
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