I am the Distinguished Professor of Corporate and Business Law at Cornell Law School. I believe that business success is not only consistent with ethical behavior, it ultimately depends on it. My home page is here.

My Approach to Ethical Systems:

For the past three decades, many legal, economics and business experts have urged us to assume that human behavior is best understood and channeled by applying the “homo economicus” model of rational, purely selfish action. Unfortunately this approach isn’t supported by the scientific evidence and often doesn’t work out well. My research focuses on the empirical evidence on “prosocial behavior” (a category that includes altruism, ethical action, and even vengeful punishment of antisocial behavior) and explores how the reality of prosociality is both fundamental to, and  supported by, a variety of legal and business institutions.

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