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A group selection perspective on economic behavior, institutions and organizations

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Bergh, Jeroen C. J. M. van den; Gowdy, John M.

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Abstract This article examines the role of group dynamics and interactions in explaining economic behavior and the evolution of institutions. Our starting point is the large literature on group selection in the biological, behavioral and social sciences. We present a range of interpretations of group selection, describe a complete set of group selection mechanisms, and discuss the empirical and experimental evidence for group selection. Unique features of cultural group selection are investigated, and opportunities for applying the latter to various areas of economic theory and economic policy are identified.
Classification General Sociology, Basic Research, General Concepts and History of Sociology, Sociological Theories; Sociology of Economics
Free Keywords B52; D02; D71; Altruism; Altruistic punishment; Assortment; Downward causation; Functionalism; Group formation; Multilevel selection; Other-regarding preferences
Document language English
Publication Year 2009
Page/Pages p. 1-20
Journal Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 72 (2009) 1
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jebo.2009.04.017
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)