Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Open Peer Commentary

Market integration, cognitive awareness, and the expansion of moral empathy

William Jankowiak a1
a1 Anthropology Department, University Nevada, Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV 89153


The target article authors' study has highlighted the relationship between market integration and an increased willingness to enter into cooperative exchanges. Less developed, albeit implied, in their analysis are the theoretical implications of their findings for the theory of altruism first developed by Adam Smith and later expanded in the works of the American historian, Thomas Haskell.