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Public Goods Games, Altruism, and Evolution

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How can a desire to cooperate in one-shot interactions survive, even though it gives a material disadvantage to its carrier? I analyze this issue using a one-shot public goods game between two altruistic individuals. Within a pair, the least altruistic individual is better off materially. Between pairs, individuals in the pair with the highest degree of altruism are better off materially. I determine the evolutionarily stable degree of altruism, allowing for assortative matching. The stable degree of altruism is strictly smaller than the degree of assortativity, and it may be negative. It is also increasing in the degree of assortativity. For a given degree of assortativity, the stable degree of altruism depends on the relative strength of the within-pair and the between-group e¤ect on material welfare. This relative strength in turn depends on the production and cost functions in the underlying public goods game.

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Paper provided by Carleton University, Department of Economics in its series Carleton Economic Papers with number 09-06.

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Length: 30 pages
Date of creation: 26 Aug 2009
Date of revision: 01 Feb 2010
Publication status: Published: Revised version in Journal of Public Economic Theory, Vol. 12, No. 4 (August 2010), pp. 789–813
Handle: RePEc:car:carecp:09-06

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Keywords: public goods; teamwork; altruism; evolution of preferences; evolutionary stability;

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  1. Alger, Ingela & Weibull, Jörgen, 2012. "Homo Moralis-Preference evolution under incomplete information and assortative matching," LERNA Working Papers 12.17.374, LERNA, University of Toulouse.
  2. Alger, Ingela & Cox, Donald, 2012. "The Evolution of Altruistic Preferences: Mothers versus Fathers," IDEI Working Papers 758, Institut d'Économie Industrielle (IDEI), Toulouse, revised May 2013.
  3. Ingela Alger & Jörgen W. Weibull, 2010. "Evolutionary Stability, Co-operation and Hamilton’s Rule," Carleton Economic Papers 10-11, Carleton University, Department of Economics, revised 18 Jan 2011.
  4. Giacomo Corneo, 2011. "GINI DP 17: Income Inequality, Value Systems and Macroeconomic Performance," GINI Discussion Papers 17, AIAS, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies.
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