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When it pays to punish in the evolution of honesty and cooperation

Rubin, Hannah (2022) When it pays to punish in the evolution of honesty and cooperation. [Preprint]

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Abstract

In explaining the emergence of conventions surrounding human cooperation and helping of those in need, it seems as though honest communication of need is an essential part of the story. While previous results indicate that punishment promotes cooperation, this paper will argue that the story is more complicated. Namely, whether punishment promotes cooperation depends on what you punish. Punishment of those who lie about their need for a resource may instead impede cooperation, as the attempts to deceive that arise in cooperative endeavors may be too costly to make cooperation worthwhile.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Rubin, Hannahhannahmrubin@gmail.com
Additional Information: forthcoming in Synthese
Keywords: evolutionary game theory, justice, cooperation, communication
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Anthropology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
Specific Sciences > Cultural Evolution
General Issues > Ethical Issues
General Issues > Game Theory
Depositing User: Dr Hannah Rubin
Date Deposited: 15 May 2022 03:59
Last Modified: 15 May 2022 04:00
Item ID: 20594
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Anthropology
Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
Specific Sciences > Cultural Evolution
General Issues > Ethical Issues
General Issues > Game Theory
Date: 2022
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/20594

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