Evolutionary Stability of Kantian Optimization
AbstractIn Nash equilibrium, agents are autarchic in their optimization protocol, whereas in Kantian equilibrium, they optimize in an interdependent way. Typically, researchers into the evolution of homo economicus treat preferences as being determined by selective adaptation, but hold fixed the optimization protocol as autarchic. Here, we ask whether natural selection might choose the optimizing protocol to be either autarchic or interdependent. That is, will Kantian players, for whom the stable concept is Kantian equilibrium drive Nash players (for whom the stable concept is Nash equilibrium) to extinction, or otherwise? The answer depends upon whether players can signal their type to others.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by University of Waterloo, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 1206.
Length: 21 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2012
Date of revision: Apr 2012
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- C73 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Stochastic and Dynamic Games; Evolutionary Games
- C62 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Existence and Stability Conditions of Equilibrium
- D64 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Altruism; Philanthropy
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- NEP-ALL-2012-09-03 (All new papers)
- NEP-EVO-2012-09-03 (Evolutionary Economics)
- NEP-GTH-2012-09-03 (Game Theory)
- NEP-HPE-2012-09-03 (History & Philosophy of Economics)
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