Essays On Genetic Evolution And Economics

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Ever since Charles Darwin published The Origin of Species in 1859, genetic evolutionary theory has increasingly served as the foundation for fields that deal with organisms that arose by natural selection. This thesis argues that economic theory should integrate with Darwinian theory through the creation of a "genetic evolutionary economics". The promise of genetic evolutionary economics is a better understanding of human nature and, consequently, a more accurate and comprehensive economic science.Economic theory...
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Overview

Ever since Charles Darwin published The Origin of Species in 1859, genetic evolutionary theory has increasingly served as the foundation for fields that deal with organisms that arose by natural selection. This thesis argues that economic theory should integrate with Darwinian theory through the creation of a "genetic evolutionary economics". The promise of genetic evolutionary economics is a better understanding of human nature and, consequently, a more accurate and comprehensive economic science.Economic theory rests on a set of assumptions about human nature. These economic axioms concern human genes, but there is no explicit connection between genetic evolution and economic theory. As a result, human behavior and economic predictions of that behavior diverge in a variety of important settings. Why, for example, do most people save too little for the future when economics assumes that they will save enough? Chapter 2 discusses the difficulties inherent in the standard economic approach. Natural selection theory, the chapter argues, is the best tool for refining the axioms of economics. Genetic evolutionary economics allows the derivation of parameters that are intractable with standard economic techniques. There is, for instance, an ancient debate within economics about the role of self-interest in human affairs. Chapter 3 builds a genetic evolutionary model relevant to this issue, and concludes that a Darwinian lens removes many of the apparent paradoxes. Genetic evolutionary economics is a scientific endeavor. As such, it produces specific, testable hypotheses concerning behavior in economically relevant situations. Chapter 4 reports on a theoretical and experimental investigation of gift giving. A genetic evolutionary model organizes the existing data on gift giving and makes novel, testable predictions. Laboratory experiments, performed to test the theory, confirm the evolutionary model's predictions.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780965856423
  • Publisher: Universal-Publishers.com
  • Publication date: 12/1/1997
  • Pages: 164
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Charles Darwin can help Adam Smith 1
Natural selection operates on behavior 2
Now is the time for genetic evolutionary economics 4
Literature cited 6
Chapter 2 Genetic Evolutionary Economics 8
Introduction 8
Motivation for genetic evolutionary economics 8
Genes and human nature 21
Behavioral biology -- Theory 23
Behavioral biology -- Lessons from other species 26
Human behavioral biology 30
Review of economic literature 49
Genetic perspective on economics 58
Concluding comments 64
Literature cited 65
Chapter 3 Genetic Evolution and Selfishness 77
Introduction 77
A fundamental issue, two player cooperation and conflict 79
Economic approach 81
The promise of genetic evolutionary theory 88
A genetic evolutionary economic model 92
Discussion 104
Literature cited 109
Appendix Relative growth rates 111
Chapter 4 Engineering Altruism 114
Introduction 114
The role of self-interest in economic theory 117
Early experimental data on altruism 119
Moving beyond self-interest -- Formal models of altruism 121
A genetic evolutionary prospective 125
Experimental design 136
Results 143
Concluding comments 145
Literature cited 146
Appendix Instructions to subjects 149
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