Blind Men and the Elephant: A Self-Critique of Model Building in Social Sciences
Tatsuyoshi SAIJO*1 and Mayuko NAKAMARU*2
*1Osaka University, Mihogaoka 6-1, Ibaraki-shi, Osaka
*2Tokyo Institute of Technology, O-okayama 2-12-1, Meguro-ku, Tokyo
Consider that human behavior is a three dimensional object. Each field of social sciences has been tackling this object using a different sword: emotion in psychology, incentive in economics, norm in sociology, and so on, and these sections almost have no intersection, which we call the state in blind men and the elephant. As an attempt to overcome this, we show some results of our research notes in social dilemma including the problem of public good provision.
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