Economic Considerations for the Evolution of Cooperation

  • John M. Hartwick Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario


We contend that a tendency toward cooperative behavior in humans was magnifed by humans dealing with one another in trade and in joint activity such as big game hunting. Relative specialization by task (division of labor) provided a setting for trade to be gainful to all traders. Humans agglomerated to take advantage of specialization and trade. We also reflect on situations in which only some sort of negotiation or bargaining will allow joint-tasks to get carried out.

Author Biography

John M. Hartwick, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario

Economics, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario K7L 3N6

How to Cite
HARTWICK, John M.. Economic Considerations for the Evolution of Cooperation. Archives of Psychology, [S.l.], v. 2, n. 6, june 2018. ISSN 2573-7902. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 23 apr. 2024.
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