The Long-Term Benefits of Human Generosity in Indirect Reciprocity

@article{Wedekind2002TheLB,
  title={The Long-Term Benefits of Human Generosity in Indirect Reciprocity},
  author={Claus Wedekind and Victoria A. Braithwaite},
  journal={Current Biology},
  year={2002},
  volume={12},
  pages={1012-1015}
}
Among the theories that have been proposed to explain the evolution of altruism are direct reciprocity and indirect reciprocity. The idea of the latter is that helping someone or refusing to do so has an impact on one's reputation within a group. This reputation is constantly assessed and reassessed by others and is taken into account by them in future social interactions. Generosity in indirect reciprocity can evolve if and only if it eventually leads to a net benefit in the long term. Here… CONTINUE READING
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