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On the Evolutionary Edge of Altruism: A Game-Theoretic Proof of Hamilton's Rule for a Simple Case of Siblings

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  • Stark, Oded

    (University of Bonn and University of Vienna)

  • Wang, You Qiang

    (Tsinghua University)

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We offer a game-theoretic proof of Hamilton's rule for the spread of altruism. For a simple case of siblings, we show that the rule can be derived as the outcome of a one-shot prisoner's dilemma game between siblings.

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Paper provided by Institute for Advanced Studies in its series Economics Series with number 139.

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Length: 8 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2003
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Handle: RePEc:ihs:ihsesp:139

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Keywords: Evolution of altruism; Hamilton's rule; One-shot prisoner's dilemma game;

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  1. Bergstrom, Theodore C & Stark, Oded, 1993. "How Altruism Can Prevail in an Evolutionary Environment," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 83(2), pages 149-55, May.
  2. Ted Bergstrom, . "On the Evolution of Altruistic Ethical Rules for Siblings," Papers _023, University of Michigan, Department of Economics.
  3. Schelling, Thomas C, 1969. "Models of Segregation," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 59(2), pages 488-93, May.
  4. Binmore, Kenneth G. & Samuelson, Larry, 1992. "Evolutionary stability in repeated games played by finite automata," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, vol. 57(2), pages 278-305, August.
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  1. Stark, Oded & Jakubek, Marcin, 2011. "Is population growth conducive to the sustainability of cooperation?," University of Tuebingen Working Papers in Economics and Finance 15, University of Tuebingen, Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences.
  2. SAVVATEEV, Alexei & STARK, Oded, 2005. "An evolutionary explanation for the propensity to migrate," CORE Discussion Papers, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE) 2005038, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).

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