Document Type

Post-Print

Publication Date

2018

Abstract

Experimental evolution is difficult to apply to humans because of the need to study possible changes over many generations. A similar method, though, may see history as a substitute for experiments. The 18th century economist Adam Smith uses methods compatible with the logic of experimental evolution, through the assumption of human homogeneity and the study of history, to explain endogenous variations of preferences and institutions.

Document Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1007/s10818-017-9265-8

Publication Information

Journal of Bioeconomics

Available for download on Monday, April 01, 2019

Included in

Economics Commons

Share

COinS