Doing good: Individual and Organisational Motivations for Public Benefit Beveridge 2.0 and Marshall Institute Symposium

Hosted by the School of Public Policy and Beveridge 2.0

Online event

The symposium will focus on individual motivations and organisational incentive structures that create positive social and environmental impacts, or, more generally, that contribute to public benefit.

In relation to individuals, the symposium asks questions in relation to the fundamental drivers of altruistic behaviour, their relationship to normative principles such as reciprocity and mutualism as well as practical questions regarding the policies, structures and processes that can lead people to do good, and do so more effectively. At the organisational level, the symposium explores how societies rely on different private, public and third sector actors in order to promote public benefit. This includes considering the role of ‘hybrid’ organisations, such as enterprises with multiple aims that operate in the market while pursuing a social or environmental mission. Both at the individual and organisational level the symposium explores whether and how a self-interested incentives structure can sit alongside altruistic motivations, and whether this will lead one to crowd out the other.

Meet our speakers 

Joan Costa-Font (@JoanCostaiFont) is Associate Professor (Reader) in the Department of Health Policy, LSE.

Sara Machado (@sara_rm84) is LSE Fellow at the Department of Health Policy, LSE.

Maitreesh Ghatak (@maitreesh) is Professor of Economics at the Department of Economics, LSE.

John Collins (@JohnColl_) is from the Journal of Illicit Economies and Development (JIED), LSE Press.

Sandro Calvani is from Mae Fah Luang Foundation.

Anne Power is CASE Associate and Emeritus Professor of Social Policy and Head of LSE Housing and Communities.

Ellie Benton is CASE Research Assistant, LSE Housing and Communities.

Adam Oliver (@1969ajo) is Associate Professor (Reader) at the Department of Social Policy, LSE.

Naufel Vilcassim is Professor of Marketing and Head of Department of Management, LSE.

Ron Anderson is Emeritus Professor of the Department of Finance, LSE.

Nava Ashraf (@profnavaashraf) is Professor of Economics and Research Director of the Marshall Institute, Department of Economics, LSE.

Sir Julian Le Grand (@julianlegrand) is Professor of Social Policy at the Marshall Institute for Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship, LSE.

Jonathan Roberts is Teaching Director and Senior Lecturer in Practice at the Marshall Institute for Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship, LSE.


Dr Joan Costa-Font and Dr Sara Machado: Pro-social behaviour in health and other domains

Professor Maitreesh Ghatak: Economic Theories of the Social Sector: From Non-profits to Social Enterprise

Dr John Collins and Dr Sandro Calvani: From Illicit to Value Added: The Lessons of Community and Institutional Change in Northern Thailand's Opium Growing Regions

Professor Naufel Vilcassim: Stimulating Marketing Strategy Innovation with Entrepreneurs in Uganda: Examining the Impact of Skype-aided Business Coaching on Firm Sales

Professor Ron Anderson: Stake-holder Firms and the Reform of Local Public Finance in China

More about this event

The School of Public Policy (@LSEPublicPolicy) is an international community where ideas and practice meet. Our approach creates professionals with the ability to analyse, understand and resolve the challenges of contemporary governance.

Beveridge 2.0 Redefining the Social Contract is a programme hosted by the School of Public Policy that aims at bringing LSE's community together with the intent of exploring important policy questions, fostering dialogue across disciplines and identifying avenues for collaborative cross-disciplinary research.

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