Cover: A formal analysis of the evolution of cooperation

A formal analysis of the evolution of cooperation

Published 1984

by Jonathan Cave

Purchase Print Copy

 Format Price
Add to Cart Paperback21 pages $20.00

This paper examines a formal model of the way a growing population selects behavior, in a way that permits discussion of the stability of various regimes of behavior (non-cooperative, "tit-for-tat") in terms of population size and behavior. The paper presents the model and definitions and examines the evolution of cooperative behavior for the special case of a static population; combines the dynamics of behavior with those of population growth; and relates its results to results of repeated play where players are rational.

This report is part of the RAND paper series. The paper was a product of RAND from 1948 to 2003 that captured speeches, memorials, and derivative research, usually prepared on authors' own time and meant to be the scholarly or scientific contribution of individual authors to their professional fields. Papers were less formal than reports and did not require rigorous peer review.

This document and trademark(s) contained herein are protected by law. This representation of RAND intellectual property is provided for noncommercial use only. Unauthorized posting of this publication online is prohibited; linking directly to this product page is encouraged. Permission is required from RAND to reproduce, or reuse in another form, any of its research documents for commercial purposes. For information on reprint and reuse permissions, please visit www.rand.org/pubs/permissions.

RAND is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.