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Is population growth conducive to the sustainability of cooperation?

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  • Stark, Oded
  • Jakubek, Marcin

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This paper asks whether population growth is conducive to the sustainability of cooperation. A simple model is developed in which farmers who live around a circular lake engage in trade with their adjacent neighbors. The payoffs from this activity are governed by a prisoner's dilemma rule of engagement. Every farmer has one son when the population is not growing, or two sons when it is growing. In the former case, the son takes over the farm when his father dies. In the latter case, one son stays on his father's farm, whereas the other son settles around another lake, along with the other sons of the other farmers. During his childhood, each son observes the strategies and the payoffs of his father and of the trading partners of his father, and imitates the most successful strategy when starting farming on his own. Then mutant defectors are introduced into an all-cooperator community. The defector strategy may spread. A comparison is drawn between the impact in terms of the sustainability of cooperation of the appearance of the mutants in a population that is not growing, and in one that is growing. It is shown that the ex-ante probability of sustaining the cooperation strategy is higher for a community that is growing than for a stagnant community. --

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Paper provided by University of Tuebingen, Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences in its series University of Tuebingen Working Papers in Economics and Finance with number 15.

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Date of creation: 2011
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Keywords: Population growth; Imitation; Sustainability of cooperation;

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  1. Theodore C. Bergstrom & Oded Stark, 1994. "How Altruism Can Prevail in an Evolutionary Environment," Microeconomics 9401001, EconWPA.
  2. Conley, T.G. & Udry, C.R., 2000. "Learning about a New Technology: Pineapple in Ghana," Papers 817, Yale - Economic Growth Center.
  3. Stark, Oded & Behrens, Doris A., 2009. "An Evolutionary Edge of Knowing Less (or: On the "Curse" of Global Information)," Discussion Papers 49924, University of Bonn, Center for Development Research (ZEF).
  4. Stark, Oded & Wang, You Qiang, 2003. "On the Evolutionary Edge of Altruism: A Game-Theoretic Proof of Hamilton's Rule for a Simple Case of Siblings," Economics Series 139, Institute for Advanced Studies.
  5. Stark, Oded & Behrens, Doris A., 2010. "In search of an evolutionary edge: trading with a few, more, or many," Discussion Papers 94280, University of Bonn, Center for Development Research (ZEF).
  6. Stark, Oded & Behrens, Doris A. & Wang, Yong, 2008. "On the Evolutionary Edge of Migration as an Assortative Mating Device," Discussion Papers 6316, University of Bonn, Center for Development Research (ZEF).
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