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Economic Concepts in Biology – Issues with Hamilton´s rule

Friedrich, Thomas (2015): Economic Concepts in Biology – Issues with Hamilton´s rule.

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Abstract

Hamilton´s rule is considered a cornerstone in evolutionary biology. It is used to understand why organisms help relatives and serves as starting point for the development of cooperation between strangers. The rule is based on a method from economics. It compares a benefit to cost ratio (k) to a genetic relation (r). Two issues are discussed. A solution is suggested.

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