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- Critiques of Edward Baptist
- Critiques of The History Manifesto
- Did inequality cause the First World War?
- Did the "Invisible Blockade" against Allende work?
- Economic growth in ancient Greece
- Fascism was not left-wing!!!
- Greece from Post-war orthodoxy to "Democratic Peronism"
- Ideology & Human Development (on Cuba's social development)
- Labour repression & the Indo-Japanese divergence
- Markets & famines: Amartya Sen is not the last word!
- Nazi political economy
- Random Thoughts on Robert Allen's theory of the Industrial Revolution
- State Capacity & the Sino-Japanese Divergence
- Sven Beckert's Empire of Cotton: A Reductionist Summary
- The Bairoch conjecture & the "tariff-growth paradox" of the late 19th century
- The Calico Acts: Was British cotton made possible by infant industry protection from Indian competition?
- The Napoleonic Blockade & the Infant Industry Argument
- Various posts on slavery
- Was slavery necessary for the Industrial Revolution?
- Where do pro-social institutions come from?
Category Archives: Cultural Evolution
Where do pro-social institutions come from?
Posted on 2015-10-04 by pseudoerasmus
AKA “Cooperation, cultural evolution & economic development”. Where do ‘good’ or pro-social institutions come from? Why does the capacity for collective action and cooperative behaviour vary so much across the world today? How do some populations transcend tribalism to form a civil society? How have some societies gone beyond personal … Continue reading →
Posted in Cultural Evolution, Institutions, Political Economy, Social & Civic Capital, Social Evolution | Tagged Boyd & Richerson, collective action problem, cooperation, cultural evolution, cultural group selection, Joseph Henrich, market norms, Peter Turchin, social evolution, ultra-sociality | 50 Comments
“Experimenting with Social Norms” in Small-Scale Societies
Posted on 2015-10-03 by pseudoerasmus
Social norms, institutions, and economic development. (A companion post to “Where do pro-social institutions come from?”)
Posted in Cultural Evolution, Economic Anthropology, Institutions, Social Evolution | Tagged behavioral games, Dictator Game, Economic Experiments, Experimenting with Social Norms, Fairness and Punishment in Cross-cultural perspective, Foundations of Human Sociality, Jean Ensminger, Joseph Henrich, Third Party Punishment Game, Trust games, Ultimatum Game | 11 Comments