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Cailin O'Connor (UC Irvine): The Dynamics of Inequity

Date and time

Mon, 31/07/2017 - 12:30 - 14:00


Coombs Seminar Room A

It is no secret that some people get more and others get less. In most societies, seemingly irrelevant personal factors like gender and race importantly determine patterns of resource distribution. In this talk, I will use social models to explain the ubiquity of such patterns. As I will argue, in a bargaining population, the simple addition of a social category like gender or race completely changes the expected cultural evolutionary outcomes by breaking symmetry between actors in the group. I will explore the conditions under which members of one category are expected to end up disadvantaged in these models, focusing on power imbalances.

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