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Group Selection: The quest for social preferences

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  • Salomonsson, Marcus

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    This paper surveys the literature on group selection. I describe the early contributions and the group selection controversy. I also describe the main approaches to group selection in the recent literature; fixation, assortative group formation, and reproductive externalities.

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    Paper provided by Stockholm School of Economics in its series Working Paper Series in Economics and Finance with number 712.

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    Length: 22 pages
    Date of creation: 06 Mar 2009
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    Handle: RePEc:hhs:hastef:0712

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    Keywords: Altruism; spite; externalities; conformity; fixation; signalling;

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