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Agents with Imperfect Empathy May Survive Natural Selection

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  • Bisin, A.
  • Verdier, T.

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Cultural transmission mechanisms which favor the direct transmission of the parents traits to their children may be adaptative to natural selection when opposed to mechanisms in which the parents choose for the offspring the highest fitness at any time. This is so, in particular, in environments in which the determinants of the reproductive success of a cultural trait are highly variable.

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Paper provided by Laval - Laboratoire Econometrie in its series Papers with number 1999-11.

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Length: 15 pages
Date of creation: 1999
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Handle: RePEc:fth:lavale:1999-11

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Postal: Chaire d'economie et d'econometrie de l'assurance; DELTA; CREST; PARIS, France.

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Keywords: CULTURE ; SOCIETY ; NATURAL SELECTION;

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  1. Stigler, George J & Becker, Gary S, 1977. "De Gustibus Non Est Disputandum," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 67(2), pages 76-90, March.
  2. Kockesen, Levent & Ok, Efe A. & Sethi, Rajiv, 2000. "The Strategic Advantage of Negatively Interdependent Preferences," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, vol. 92(2), pages 274-299, June.
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Cited by:
  1. Bulte, Erwin H. & Horan, Richard D., 2011. "Intergenerational transmission of preferences," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 112(1), pages 85-87, July.
  2. Bar-El, Ronen & García Muñoz, Teresa & Neuman, Shoshana & Tobol, Yossi, 2010. "The Evolution of Secularization: Cultural Transmission, Religion and Fertility Theory, Simulations and Evidence," IZA Discussion Papers 4980, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  3. Luca Correani, 2004. "Preferences,Development And The Corruption Trap," Public Economics 0406007, EconWPA.

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