A Theory of Good Intentions

  title={A Theory of Good Intentions},
  author={Paul Niehaus},
  • Paul Niehaus
  • Published 2013
Altruists often seem to produce results that fall short of their intentions. I examine this tension in a model where altruists derive warm glow from their perceptions, as opposed to actual outcomes. Perceptions and reality can diverge when feedback is incomplete: a donor who supports an international development project, for example, may learn little about its results. The base model predicts that altruists in such settings prefer not to learn everything they could before acting, and that… CONTINUE READING