Cooperation & Trust LO5781

John Conover (
Wed, 21 Feb 1996 20:21:08 -0800

Replying to LO5766 -- writes:
> >Robert Axelrod has done a wonderfully accessible work on the
> >development of trust "The Source of Cooperation" or some such title.
> >He has advanced that work remarkable by develooping approaches with
> >genetic algorithms looking at competing strategies.
> While I have not yet read Axelrod ( and will add him to my list), I have
> studied cooperation in the biological, cellular automata and game theory
> domains. I think there is a distinction between cooperation and trust.
> Whereas cooperation is a powerful strategy (in evolution, business and
> game theory) it does not require trust. For example, a Tit-for-Tat
> strategy is cooperative ( and very sucessful) but not trusting.

FYI, there is a lot of game theory info on the web:
History of Game Theory
Al Roth's Game Theory and Experimental Economics Page
Game Theory and Information (C7,D8)



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