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Altruism and envy in contests: An evolutionarily stable symbiosis

  • Kai A. Konrad

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Altruists and envious people who meet in contests are symbionts. They do better than a population of narrowly rational individuals. If there are only altruists and envious individuals, a particular mixture of altruists and envious individuals is evolutionarily stable. Copyright Springer-Verlag 2004

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Volume (Year): 22 (2004)
Issue (Month): 3 (06)
Pages: 479-490

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