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How to generalize Darwinism suitably to help understand both the evolution and the development of economies

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  • Pavel Pelikan

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This paper agrees that a suitably generalized Darwinism may help understand socioeconomic change, but finds the most publicized generalization by Hodgson and Knudsen unsuitable. To do better, it generalizes the extension of Neo-Darwinism into evolutionary developmental biology ("evo-devo"), which pays more attention to genomes-as-instructors than to genes-as-replicators, and to the entire process of instructed development than to fully developed organisms. The new generalization has clear connections to economics with a minimum guarantee of helpfulness: it generalizes both evo-devo and previously elaborated approaches that already helped understand specific issues of comparative economics, economic reforms, and transformation policies

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  • Pavel Pelikan, 2009. "How to generalize Darwinism suitably to help understand both the evolution and the development of economies," Papers on Economics and Evolution 2008-17, Philipps University Marburg, Department of Geography.
  • Handle: RePEc:esi:evopap:2008-17
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    evolution of instructions; instructed development of interactors; multilevel evolution and development; evolution of institutional rules; development of economies Length 36 pages;

    JEL classification:

    • A10 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - General
    • D02 - Microeconomics - - General - - - Institutions: Design, Formation, Operations, and Impact
    • K10 - Law and Economics - - Basic Areas of Law - - - General (Constitutional Law)
    • O10 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - General
    • P50 - Economic Systems - - Comparative Economic Systems - - - General
    • Z10 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - General

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