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In defence of generalized Darwinism


  • Howard Aldrich


  • Geoffrey Hodgson


  • David Hull


  • Thorbjørn Knudsen


  • Joel Mokyr


  • Viktor Vanberg



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  • Howard Aldrich & Geoffrey Hodgson & David Hull & Thorbjørn Knudsen & Joel Mokyr & Viktor Vanberg, 2008. "In defence of generalized Darwinism," Journal of Evolutionary Economics, Springer, vol. 18(5), pages 577-596, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:joevec:v:18:y:2008:i:5:p:577-596
    DOI: 10.1007/s00191-008-0110-z

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    Socio-economic evolution; Generalized Darwinism; Selection; Replication; B52;

    JEL classification:

    • B52 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Current Heterodox Approaches - - - Historical; Institutional; Evolutionary


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