Journal of Bioeconomics

, Volume 20, Issue 1, pp 153–157 | Cite as

Fair is foul, and foul is fair: experimental evolutionary studies of mismatch

  • Terence C. BurnhamEmail author
  • John P. Phelan


We describe two types of experimental evolution studies of “mismatch” that are relevant to economics. “Evolutionary mismatch” is the concept that an organism can be importantly “out of sync” with its environment. In such cases, an organism may choose an option that is inferior to a feasible alternative. Mainstream and behavioral economics do not address the notion of evolutionary mismatch. We argue for an empirical program on mismatch utilizing the methodology of experimental evolution.


Evolution Natural selection Preferences Mismatch Evolutionary economics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Chapman UniversityOrangeUSA
  2. 2.Department of Life Sciences Core EducationUCLALos AngelesUSA

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