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Seemingly altruistic behavior: selfish genes or cooperative organisms?


  • Harold Demsetz



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  • Harold Demsetz, 2009. "Seemingly altruistic behavior: selfish genes or cooperative organisms?," Journal of Bioeconomics, Springer, vol. 11(3), pages 211-221, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:jbioec:v:11:y:2009:i:3:p:211-221 DOI: 10.1007/s10818-009-9066-9

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    1. Janet Landa, 2012. "Gordon Tullock’s contributions to bioeconomics," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 152(1), pages 203-210, July.
    2. Peter Corning, 2013. "Rotating the Necker cube: A bioeconomic approach to cooperation and the causal role of synergy in evolution," Journal of Bioeconomics, Springer, vol. 15(2), pages 171-193, July.

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    Selfish gene theory; Dawkins; Agency; Cooperation; Contract enforcement; Q57; B49; B59;

    JEL classification:

    • Q57 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Ecological Economics
    • B49 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Economic Methodology - - - Other
    • B59 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Current Heterodox Approaches - - - Other


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