I’ve just had a new article published in the Economic Record – Evolutionary Biology in Economics: A Review.
Evolutionary Biology in Economics: A Review
Jason Collins, Boris Baer and Ernst Juerg Weber
As human traits and preferences were shaped by natural selection, there is substantial potential for the use of evolutionary biology in economic analysis. In this paper, we review the extent to which evolutionary theory has been incorporated into economic research. We examine work in four areas: the evolution of preferences, the molecular genetic basis of economic traits, the interaction of evolutionary and economic dynamics, and the genetic foundations of economic development. These fields comprise a thriving body of research, but have significant scope for further investigation. In particular, the growing accessibility of low-cost molecular data will create more opportunities for research on the relationship between molecular genetic information and economic traits.
I previously posted about an earlier version of this paper when it was called The Evolutionary Foundations of Economics. You can access an ungated version of that earlier paper here. Drop me a line if you want a copy of the published paper but can’t get access.
It’s not the most exciting article – it was the introductory chapter of my PhD thesis and I wrote it to provide the foundations for the substantive chapters rather than to spark a revolution. However, it will give you a decent snapshot of what is going on.