What can economics contribute to the study of human evolution?
- Don RossAffiliated withSchool of Economics, University of Cape TownCenter for Economic Analysis of Risk, Georgia State University Email author
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The revised edition of Paul Seabright’s The Company of Strangers is critically reviewed. Seabright aims to help non-economists participating in the cross-disciplinary study of the evolution of human sociality appreciate the potential value that can be added by economists. Though the book includes nicely constructed and vivid essays on a range of economic topics, in its main ambition it largely falls short. The most serious problem is endorsement of the so-called strong reciprocity hypothesis that has been promoted by several prominent economists, but does not pass muster with biologists.
- What can economics contribute to the study of human evolution?
Biology & Philosophy
Volume 27, Issue 2 , pp 287-297
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- 1. School of Economics, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
- 2. Center for Economic Analysis of Risk, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, USA