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Unpublished Paper
Evolution of Behavior in Family Games
Department of Economics, UCSB (2000)
  • Ted Bergstrom, University of California, Santa Barbara

William Hamilton developed the biological theory of kin selection before game theory became familiar to biologists. Thus he implicitly confined his analysis to a rather special subclass of games, with linear structure. This paper shows that while Hamilton's rule does not apply to a more general class of games, there is a useful generalization that does apply. This paper also generalizes results in my 1995 AER paper on sibling interaction from symmetric two-player games to multiplayer games that may be asymmetric.

  • evolutionary game theory,
  • kin selection,
  • Hamilton's rule,
  • economics of family
Publication Date
March 1, 2000
Citation Information
Ted Bergstrom. "Evolution of Behavior in Family Games" Department of Economics, UCSB (2000)
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