nep-evo New Economics Papers
on Evolutionary Economics
Issue of 2022‒07‒11
four papers chosen by
Matthew Baker
City University of New York

  1. Guilt Aversion: Eve versus Adam By Giovanni Di Bartolomeo; Martin Dufwenberg; Stefano Papa; Laura Razzolini
  2. Long term world human population, lifespan and GDP growth model based on the in-caput-evolution theory and its impact on the carrying capacity By GANIO-MEGO, Joe
  3. Comparing data gathered in an online and a laboratory experiment using the Trustlab platform By Nobuyuki Hanaki; Takahiro Hoshino; Kohei Kubota; Fabrice Murtin; Masao Ogaki; Fumio Ohtake; Naoko Okuyama
  4. The Rise and Fall and Rise (?) of Economic History in Australia By Andrew Seltzer; Martin Shanahan; Claire Wright

  1. By: Giovanni Di Bartolomeo; Martin Dufwenberg; Stefano Papa; Laura Razzolini
    Abstract: Our study contributes to a large literature in experimental economics that explores gender differences in how people are motivated. We focus on guilt aversion (GA), a surprisingly rather unexplored issue. Our experiment supports the idea that men are more GA than women. Our results also support different rationales to explain observed similar behaviors, like promise keeping. We provide a potential intuition for our findings, which is based on the pregnancy-related biological asymmetry between genders.
    Keywords: gender; guilt aversion; promises; evolutionary psychology
    JEL: A13 C91 D03 D64
    Date: 2022–06
  2. By: GANIO-MEGO, Joe
    Abstract: The human species is a hybrid species that aggregates DNA based molecules that constitute the bodies of the species individuals and material that form the belongings of the species individuals. The molecules' aggregation is called life. Material aggregation is called technology. Both life and technology evolve for the sake of existing. The evolution of life is the evolution in-vivo. The human species has almost stopped evolving in-vivo. The dominant evolutionary mechanism of humans is now through technology. Technology evolves in the heads of humans. Therefore this way of evolving can be called in-caput. The in-caput-evolution transformed into equations yields a model of the world that can predict the factors of population, world GDPPC and human lifespan in the long term (from 2000 CE to 6000 CE). Evolution is a series of unlimited s-curves performing a reverse fall into negentropy. The current dominant s-curve is the one that started around 1850 CE. This s-curve can also be called the technarian age jump. The in-caput-evolution theory shows that we are now likely to have just peaked at the most dynamic phase of this s-curve. Things will therefore switch for the human species, going from accelerating growth to decelerating. That will bring about a change of attitude regarding many factors, while, in the meantime, it is very likely that a new s-curve will get ready to start.
    Date: 2022–05–25
  3. By: Nobuyuki Hanaki; Takahiro Hoshino; Kohei Kubota; Fabrice Murtin; Masao Ogaki; Fumio Ohtake; Naoko Okuyama
    Abstract: This paper compares the results of an experiment conducted both in the laboratory and online with participants recruited from the same subject pool using the Trustlab platform. This platform has been used to obtain incentivized and internationally comparable behavioral economics measures of altruism, cooperation, reciprocity, trust, and trustworthiness, employing representative samples in many countries. We find little significant difference between the results from sessions conducted in the laboratory and online. While the existing literature shows that the choice between laboratory and online experiments can cause differences in results in some cases, our findings support the hypothesis that they do not cause differences in the behavioral economics measures when using the Trustlab platform.
    Date: 2022–03
  4. By: Andrew Seltzer; Martin Shanahan; Claire Wright
    Abstract: In this paper we examine the history of the economic history discipline in Australia. While the discipline’s main focus over time has been Australia, we trace its evolution from its English-influenced roots through its concern with colonial development, and dalliance with business history to its later incorporation of cliometrics, comparative studies and more recently Asian topics. The origins of the discipline date back to the early-1900s. After the Second World War, there was a rapid expansion, with free-standing economic history departments established in several leading Australian universities. From the beginnings, quantitative economic history was relatively strong in Australia, largely because of excellent colonial and post-Federation records. However, from the 1980’s, a more corporatist approach to university management led to a decline in Australian economic history and particularly cliometric work. In the 1990s and early-2000s, the free-standing departments were all closed, and the hiring of economic historians virtually ceased. In the past decade, there has been something of a revival, with economic history increasingly seen as a core subject in both history and economics departments. In addition to examining the history of the discipline, we also look at some challenges for the future, focussing on the collection of still unextracted historical data and its usefulness in addressing various topics.
    Date: 2022–06

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