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The mutual gains from trade moderate the parent-offspring conflict

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  • Da Silva, Sergio

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By combining basic concepts from economics and genetic economics, I elaborate a rationale for the mutual gains from the exchange of goods between siblings to moderate the famous parent-offspring conflict, an issue of interest for evolutionary psychology. The rationale also fills in the gaps of standard economic theory by justifying why trade (ultimately a cooperative endeavor) is made possible starting from egoistic utility-maximizers.

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  • Da Silva, Sergio, 2013. "The mutual gains from trade moderate the parent-offspring conflict," MPRA Paper 46627, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:46627
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    parent-offspring conflict;

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    • A20 - General Economics and Teaching - - Economic Education and Teaching of Economics - - - General
    • A22 - General Economics and Teaching - - Economic Education and Teaching of Economics - - - Undergraduate
    • B52 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Current Heterodox Approaches - - - Historical; Institutional; Evolutionary
    • D1 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior

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