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The mutual gains from trade moderate the parent-offspring conflict

Da Silva, Sergio (2013): The mutual gains from trade moderate the parent-offspring conflict.

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Abstract

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.

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