Public Goods Dilemma, The Tragedy of the Commons and Evolutionary Biology

Francisco Dionisio
Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência

This is the abstract of a talk prepared for the Oeiras Mathematical and Computational Biology Workshop. June 20, 2003, Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência

Abstract: The development of Evolutionary Biology has profited both from economical and environmental sciences. The most important example is, perhaps, the adaptation of Game Theory into Evolutionary Game Theory. Meanwhile, expressions such as "tragedy of the commons" and "collective action" have slowly invaded evolutionary biology papers to discuss issues such as the evolution of virulence. In this workshop I purpose to discuss the differences and similarities between the "tragedy of the commons" and the "logic of the collective actions". Then, I'll discuss some consequences to evolutionary biology.

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