ECON 159 - Lecture 12 - Evolutionary Stability: Social Convention, Aggression, and Cycles

Lecture 12 - Evolutionary Stability: Social Convention, Aggression, and Cycles

Overview

We apply the idea of evolutionary stability to consider the evolution of social conventions. Then we consider games that involve aggressive (Hawk) and passive (Dove) strategies, finding that sometimes, evolutionary populations are mixed. We discuss how such games can help us to predict how behavior might vary across settings. Finally, we consider a game in which there is no evolutionary stable population and discuss an example from nature.

Resources

Assignment

Handout on ESS in Pure Strategies

Course Media

Transcript

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Audio

mp3

Low Bandwidth Video

mov [100MB]

High Bandwidth Video

mov [500MB]