Evolutionarily stable in-group favoritism and out-group spite in intergroup conflict
AbstractWe study conflict between two groups of individuals. Using Schaffer's (1988) concept of evolutionary stability we provide an evolutionary underpinning for in-group altruism combined with spiteful behavior towards members of the rival out-group. We characterize the set of evolutionarily stable combinations of in-group favoritism and out-group spite and find that an increase in in-group altruism can be balanced by a decrease in spiteful behavior towards the out-group.
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altruism; spite; in-group favoritism; conflict; evolutionary stability; indirect evolutionary approach;
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- Konrad, Kai A. & Morath, Florian, 2012. "Evolutionarily stable in-group favoritism and out-group spite in intergroup conflict," Munich Reprints in Economics 13963, University of Munich, Department of Economics.
- NEP-ALL-2012-01-25 (All new papers)
- NEP-CDM-2012-01-25 (Collective Decision-Making)
- NEP-EVO-2012-01-25 (Evolutionary Economics)
- NEP-GTH-2012-01-25 (Game Theory)
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