A Reformulation of Utility Theory of it All Comes from Sex
AbstractThis paper outlines the origins of the utility function in terms of evolution and sexual selection. Altruistic behaviour between non-kin is found to be a result of a stable tit-for-tat solution to the prisoners' dilemma, combined with reputation effects, and an evolutionary drive to promote group loyalty. Group loyalty explains true altruistic behavior, religion, and ethnic tensions. Economic implications from thie evolutionary psychological approach include positively sloped demand curves for a small number of goods, an explanation for risk taking by young men.
Download InfoTo our knowledge, this item is not available for download. To find whether it is available, there are three options:
1. Check below under "Related research" whether another version of this item is available online.
2. Check on the provider's web page whether it is in fact available.
3. Perform a search for a similarly titled item that would be available.
Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Hoover Institution, Stanford University in its series Working Papers with number e-97-2.
Length: 42 pages
Date of creation: 1997
Date of revision:
RELIGION ; GROUPS ; UTILITY FUNCTION;
Find related papers by JEL classification:
- A12 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Relation of Economics to Other Disciplines
- B41 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Economic Methodology - - - Economic Methodology
- D11 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Theory
- D63 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement
- D64 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Altruism; Philanthropy
You can help add them by filling out this form.
For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Webmaster).
If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.