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How to generalize Darwinism suitably to help understand both the evolution and the development of economies

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  • Pavel Pelikan
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    This paper agrees that a suitably generalized Darwinism may help understand socioeconomic change, but finds the most publicized generalization by Hodgson and Knudsen unsuitable. To do better, it generalizes the extension of Neo-Darwinism into evolutionary developmental biology ("evo-devo"), which pays more attention to genomes-as-instructors than to genes-as-replicators, and to the entire process of instructed development than to fully developed organisms. The new generalization has clear connections to economics with a minimum guarantee of helpfulness: it generalizes both evo-devo and previously elaborated approaches that already helped understand specific issues of comparative economics, economic reforms, and transformation policies

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    Paper provided by Max Planck Institute of Economics, Evolutionary Economics Group in its series Papers on Economics and Evolution with number 2008-17.

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    Handle: RePEc:esi:evopap:2008-17

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    Keywords: evolution of instructions; instructed development of interactors; multilevel evolution and development; evolution of institutional rules; development of economies Length 36 pages;

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