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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 27:85-96.
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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 (1994). Group Selection and “Genuine” Altruism. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 17 (4):620.
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  11. 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.
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  12. 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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  13. Robert H. Frank (1989). Honesty as an Evolutionarily Stable Strategy. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 12 (4):705.
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  14. Robert H. Frank (1988). Passions Within Reason: The Strategic Role of Emotions. Norton.
     
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