Computational Model Library

Setting the Stage for Inequality (version 1.0.0)

The purpose of the model is to examine combinations of within-group and between-group selection scenarios that could lead to the breakdown of a strictly egalitarian social structure. It builds on a replication of the model developed by Rogers et al. (2011) which examined the differential survival of egalitarian or hierarchical societies in constant or variable environments. The authors concluded that variable environments favor the survival and spread of groups with stratified social structures. However, instead of starting out as either strictly egalitarian or strictly stratified (as in Rogers et al. (2011)), groups in my model start out with skill-related inequalities, and individuals enforce egalitarianism through the punishment of selfish individuals. The absence of such punishment over time can lead to non-egalitarian – though not necessarily stratified – groups. The type of environment in which groups interact plays a role in this development as well.

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Version Submitter First published Last modified Status
1.0.0 Timothy Dennehy Mon Mar 11 21:52:57 2013 Sat Apr 27 20:18:45 2013 Published

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