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The mutual gains from trade moderate the parent-offspring conflict

By Sergio Da Silva


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.

Topics: A20 - General, A22 - Undergraduate, B52 - Institutional; Evolutionary, D1 - Household Behavior and Family Economics
Year: 2013
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