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Economic game theory for mutualism and cooperation.

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We review recent work at the interface of economic game theory and evolutionary biology that provides new insights into the evolution of partner choice, host sanctions, partner fidelity feedback and public goods. (1) The theory of games with asymmetrical information shows that the right incentives allow hosts to screen-out parasites and screen-in mutualists, explaining successful partner choice in the absence of signalling. Applications range from ant-plants to microbiomes. (2) Contract theor...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Zoology
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Journal:
Ecology letters
Volume:
14
Issue:
12
Pages:
1300-1312
Publication date:
2011-12-05
DOI:
EISSN:
1461-0248
ISSN:
1461-023X
URN:
uuid:ac4223fa-4478-4dbf-a623-dd945acfbbd2
Source identifiers:
209864
Local pid:
pubs:209864

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