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The importance of fairness

Why it pays to be fair, and why people are less selfish than you think.

Ernst Fehr is well named: he’s an economist who writes about fairness. In fact, until his pioneering work, economists had been dismissive about whether fairness was a subject worthy of study. Now some have tipped Fehr to win a Nobel Prize. David Edmonds speaks to him about why it pays to be fair, and why people are less selfish than you think.

Presented by David Edmonds
Produced by Robbie Wojciechowski for the BBC World Service

Image: Statue of the scales of justice (Credit: Getty Images)

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9 minutes

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Sun 15 Nov 2020 23:50GMT

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