Capuchin monkeys reject unequal pay.
Lesson created by Joshua Robinson using
Video from Vish Azadian YouTube Channel
Watch the video below about Capuchin Monkeys. Think about their behavior in the context of utility maximization; are the monkeys maximizing their utility?
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In the video above, the monkey act as perfect human analogs. We tend to have a instinctive notion of fairness from the time we are born, and we often react poorly to perceived lack of fairness, even at personal expense. This is only one example of a lack of of utility maximizing behavior. There are many more that we will begin to explore in the next module.
Now it is time for you to think about other types of irrational behavior you observe. You will complete a group assignment in which you will identify a behavior you believe to be irrational, evaluate the motivations and consequences of that behavior, and assess the value (good and/or bad) of that behavior. See the details on the Sources of Irrational Behavior Module 1 assignment in BlackBoard.