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Why the rich are nastier than the poor: A note on optimal punishment

  • Huck, Steffen
  • Müller, Wieland

Studying evolutionarily successful behavior we show in a general framework that when individuals maximizing payoff differentials invest resources in punishing others. Interestingly, these investments are increasing in individuals, own wealth and decreasing in the wealth of others.

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Paper provided by Humboldt University of Berlin, Interdisciplinary Research Project 373: Quantification and Simulation of Economic Processes in its series SFB 373 Discussion Papers with number 1998,8.

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Date of creation: 1998
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Handle: RePEc:zbw:sfb373:19988
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