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Games 2013, 4(3), 426-436; doi:10.3390/g4030426
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An Evolutionary Theory of Suicide

1,*  and 2,*
1 Department of Economics, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE, UK 2 Department of Economics, University of Texas at Austin, 2225 Speedway, BRB 1.116 - C3100, Austin, TX 78712, USA
* Authors to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Received: 15 May 2013 / Revised: 22 July 2013 / Accepted: 31 July 2013 / Published: 13 August 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Evolutionary Game Theory and Applications)
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Abstract

We analyze a model in which individuals have hereditary reproductive types. The reproductive value of an individual is determined by her reproductive type and the amount of resources she can access. We introduce the possibility of suicide and assume it is also a genetic trait that interacts with the reproductive type of an individual. The main result of the paper is that populations where suicide is possible grow faster than other populations.
Keywords: suicide; evolution; group selection suicide; evolution; group selection
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Szentes, B.; Thomas, C.D. An Evolutionary Theory of Suicide. Games 2013, 4, 426-436.

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