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Does Mother Nature Punish Rotten Kids?

Show simple item record Bergstrom, Carl T. en_US Bergstrom, Theodore C. en_US 2004-11-04T04:28:49Z en_US 2007-06-13T19:58:14Z 2004-11-04T04:28:49Z en_US 2007-06-13T19:58:14Z 1999 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Bergstrom, C. T. and T. C. Bergstrom (1999) Journal of Bioeconomics. 1:47-72 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1387-6996 en_US
dc.identifier.uri en_US
dc.description.abstract The theory of parent-offspring conflict predicts that mothers and their offspring may not agree about how resources should be allocated among family members. An offspring, for example, may favor a later weaning date than does its mother. Despite a parent's physical superiority, it may be that offspring are able to manipulate their parents' behavior. In this paper, we investigate a two-locus population genetic model of weaning conflict in which offspring can attempt to extort resources from their parents by reducing their own chances of survival if their demands are not met. We find that the frequency of recombination between the genes controlling maternal behavior and those controlling juvenile behavior determines the evolutionary outcome of this genetic conflict. When these genes are tightly linked, the mother will be able to get her way. When they are not, offspring can successfully "blackmail" their parents into providing additional resources. en_US
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dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Kluwer Academic Publishers en_US
dc.subject parent-offspring conflict en_US
dc.subject weaning conflict en_US
dc.subject parental manipulation en_US
dc.subject blackmail en_US
dc.subject parental care en_US
dc.subject sibling rivalry en_US
dc.subject kin selection en_US
dc.subject two-locus model en_US
dc.subject evolutionary biology en_US
dc.subject game theory en_US
dc.subject economics of the family en_US
dc.subject rotten-kid theorem en_US
dc.title Does Mother Nature Punish Rotten Kids? en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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