Complexity and Evolution

Toward a New Synthesis for Economics

by David S. Wilson, Alan Kirman, David S. Wilson, Alan Kirman, Rajiv Sethi, John E. Mayfield, Robert L. Axtell, Iain Couzin, Daniel Fricke, Thorsten Hens, Michael Hochberg, Peter Schuster, Paul W. Glimcher, Herbert Gintis, Terence C. Burnham, Stephen Lea, Adrian Bell, Robert Kurzban, Leonhard Lades, Kevin McCabe, Karthik Panchanathan, Miriam Teschl, Ulrich Witt, Enrico Spolaore, Romain Wacziarg, Jenna Bednar, John F. Padgett, Thomas Currie, Peter Turchin, Peter J. Richerson, Georg Schwesinger, Sven Steinmo, John J. Wallis, Sander E. van der Leeuw, Mariana Mazzucato, David Colander, Joshua M. Epstein, Julia Chelen, Scott E. Page, John Gowdy, Jeroen C.J.M. Van Den Bergh

Series: Strüngmann Forum Reports (No. 19)

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  • 026233772X
  • 9780262035385
  • 9780262337724

An exploration of how approaches that draw on evolutionary theory and complexity science can advance our understanding of economics.

Two widely heralded yet contested approaches to economics have emerged in recent years: one emphasizes evolutionary theory in terms of individuals and institutions; the other views economies as complex adaptive systems. In this book, leading scholars examine these two bodies of theory, exploring their possible impact on economics. Relevant concepts from evolutionary theory drawn on by the contributors include the distinction between proximate and ultimate causation, multilevel selection, cultural change as an evolutionary process, and human psychology as a product of gene-culture coevolution. Applicable ideas from complexity theory include self-organization, fractals, chaos theory, sensitive dependence, basins of attraction, and path dependence.

The contributors discuss a synthesis of complexity and evolutionary approaches and the challenges that emerge. Focusing on evolutionary behavioral economics, and the evolution of institutions, they offer practical applications and point to avenues for future research.

Contributors
Robert Axtell, Jenna Bednar, Eric D. Beinhocker, Adrian V. Bell, Terence C. Burnham, Julia Chelen, David Colander, Iain D. Couzin, Thomas E. Currie, Joshua M. Epstein, Daniel Fricke, Herbert Gintis, Paul W. Glimcher, John Gowdy, Thorsten Hens, Michael E. Hochberg, Alan Kirman, Robert Kurzban, Leonhard Lades, Stephen E. G. Lea, John E. Mayfield, Mariana Mazzucato, Kevin McCabe, John F. Padgett, Scott E. Page, Karthik Panchanathan, Peter J. Richerson, Peter Schuster, Georg Schwesinger, Rajiv Sethi, Enrico Spolaore, Sven Steinmo, Miriam Teschl, Peter Turchin, Jeroen C. J. M. van den Bergh, Sander E. van der Leeuw, Romain Wacziarg, John J. Wallis, David S. Wilson, Ulrich Witt


  • The MIT Press; September 2016
  • ISBN: 9780262337724
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  • Title: Complexity and Evolution
  • Series: Strüngmann Forum Reports (No. 19)
  • Author: David S. Wilson (ed.); Alan Kirman (ed.); David S. Wilson (contrib.); Alan Kirman (contrib.); Rajiv Sethi (contrib.); John E. Mayfield (contrib.); Robert L. Axtell (contrib.); Iain Couzin (contrib.); Daniel Fricke (contrib.); Thorsten Hens (contrib.); Michael Hochberg (contrib.); Peter Schuster (contrib.); Paul W. Glimcher (contrib.); Herbert Gintis (contrib.); Terence C. Burnham (contrib.); Stephen Lea (contrib.); Adrian Bell (contrib.); Robert Kurzban (contrib.); Leonhard Lades (contrib.); Kevin McCabe (contrib.); Karthik Panchanathan (contrib.); Miriam Teschl (contrib.); Ulrich Witt (contrib.); Enrico Spolaore (contrib.); Romain Wacziarg (contrib.); Jenna Bednar (contrib.); John F. Padgett (contrib.); Thomas Currie (contrib.); Peter Turchin (contrib.); Peter J. Richerson (contrib.); Georg Schwesinger (contrib.); Sven Steinmo (contrib.); John J. Wallis (contrib.); Sander E. van der Leeuw (contrib.); Mariana Mazzucato (contrib.); David Colander (contrib.); Joshua M. Epstein (contrib.); Julia Chelen (contrib.); Scott E. Page (contrib.); John Gowdy (contrib.); Jeroen C.J.M. Van Den Bergh (contrib.)
  • Imprint: The MIT Press
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 026233772X
  • 9780262035385
  • 9780262337724
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 026233772X
  • 9780262035385
  • 9780262337724