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The cognitive origins of social stratification


Hoffmann, R, The cognitive origins of social stratification, Computational Economics, 28 pp. 233-249. ISSN 0927-7099 (2006) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/s10614-006-9046-2


In evolutionary psychology, cultural phenomena are explained with reference to evolved psychological processes. This paper presents an economic approach to explore this link by demonstrating how social stratification can arise in game-playing populations as a result of social categorisation of and inference from arbitrary agent traits. The computer simulation of the model demonstrates that agents' increasing ability to categorise opponents in the chicken game generates an increasing number of social groups whose members share commonality of fate both in terms of opponent behaviour and payoff levels.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:social cognition, social stratification, categorisation, chicken game
Research Division:Economics
Research Group:Applied economics
Research Field:Behavioural economics
Objective Division:Economic Framework
Objective Group:Microeconomics
Objective Field:Preference, behaviour and welfare
UTAS Author:Hoffmann, R (Professor Robert Hoffmann)
ID Code:154752
Year Published:2006
Deposited By:Economics
Deposited On:2023-01-04
Last Modified:2023-01-04

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