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Wise exploitation – a game with a higher productivity than cooperation – transforms biological productivity into economic productivity


  • Friedrich, T.


I suggest a new game called wise exploitation. It is characterized by a small investment of the exploiting party to either breed the exploited party or educate the exploited party not to detect exploitation. Thereby a higher productivity than cooperation or prisoners´ dilemma is achieved. The higher productivity is a benefit for the group and one party on the cost of the other. To stabilize this an important marginal condition has to be met: the investment (breeding, education) must be overcompensated by the gain. In the light of this suggestion mutualism or symbiotic associations of genetically non related organisms, like leafcutter ants with their fungus or human groups should be reinvestigated.

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  • Friedrich, T., 2009. "Wise exploitation – a game with a higher productivity than cooperation – transforms biological productivity into economic productivity," MPRA Paper 22862, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:22862

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    1. Friedrich, Thomas, 2015. "The limits of wise exploitation in dependent and independent symmetric ensembles," MPRA Paper 68250, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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    wise exploitation; productive exploitation; consumptive exploitation; avoided exploitation; prisoners´ dilemma; tolerated exploitation; costing exploitation; cost efficient exploitation; breeding; farming; culture; civilization; education; hope; suffering; gain; cost; loss; mass and energy conservation; leafcutter ants; fix cost; variable cost; production function; enzyme kinetics; Michalelis Menten; saturation curve; productivity; forced exploitation; forced mutualism; substrate; brute force; fear; honesty; signaling; cooperation; Nash equilibrium; mutation; invade; reward; stability; predator; prey; self sustaining; emotions; arms race;

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    • J13 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth
    • Z12 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Religion
    • C70 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - General
    • Q10 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - General

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