Human fairness and Biological Market Theory







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A number of authors, most notably Jean-Baptiste André, Nicholas Baumard and co-workers,  have recently started to consider the usefulness of partner choice models in explanations of fairness among humans. Here a list of some papers (in alphabetical order):

  • André, J.-B., & Baumard, N. (2011). The evolution of fairness in a biological market. Evolution, 65(5), 1447-1456
  • André, J.-B., & Baumard, N. (2011). Social opportunities and the evolution of fairness. Journal of Theoretical Biology, 289(0), 128-135
  • Baumard, N. (2011). Punishment is not a group adaptation. Humans punish to restore fairness rather than to support group cooperation. Mind & Society, 10(1), 1-26
  • Baumard, N., André, J.-B., & Sperber, D. (2013). A mutualistic approach to morality: The evolution of fairness by partner choice. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 36(01), 59-78
  • Baumard, N., & Sheskin, M. (2015). Partner choice and the evolution of a contractualist morality. In J. Decety & T. Wheatley (Eds.), The Moral Brain: A Multidisciplinary Perspective: M.I.T. Press. (see comment on ScoopIt page 'Biological Markets')
  • Chiang, Y.-S. (2008). A path toward fairness: preferential association and the evolution of strategies in the Ultimatum Game. Rationality and Society, 20(2), 173-201
  • Chiang, Y.-S. (2010). Self-interested partner selection can lead to the emergence of fairness. Evolution and Human Behavior, 31(4), 265-270
  • Debove, S., Baumard, N., & André, J.-B. (2015). Evolution of equal division among unequal partners. Evolution, 2(69), 561-569 (see comment on ScoopIt page 'Biological Markets')
  • Debove, S., André, J.-B., & Baumard, N. (2015). Partner choice creates fairness in humans. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences, 282(1808) (see comment on ScoopIt page 'Biological Markets')
  • Forber, P., & Smead, R. (2014). The evolution of fairness through spite. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 281(1780)
  • Martin, J. W., & Cushman, F. A. (2015). To punish or to leave: Distinct cognitive processes underlie partner control and partner choice behaviors. PLoS ONE. This paper is rather interesting, since it reports an experimental test of cognitive processes needed to play either a 'partner control' or a 'partner choice' variety of the game (a type of ultimatum game with a 'trembling hand' element by which the amount of influence of the proposer on the payoff distribution can be determined) (see comment on ScoopIt page 'Biological Markets')