Gains to cooperation drive the evolution of egalitarianism

Nature Human Behavior Vol/Iss. 5(3) Springer Nature London, UK Published In Pages: ??
By Hooper, Paul L., Kaplan, Hillard S., Jaeggi, Adrian V.


This article is mainly concerned with understanding the motivators toward egalitarianism through modeling via a game that combined elements from both hawk-dove and prisoners dilemma. While most of the article is focused on this model, the researchers also tested their hypotheses cross-culturally on a sample of forager societies. In both cases, they found evidence that the benefits of cooperation drove egalitarianism.


For the purposes of this research, egalitarianism was defined as a lack of class stratification.


Sample Used Coded Data Comment
Binford hunter-gatherer datasetby other researchers

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