UNH Economics Seminar Explores
the Evolution of Strong Reciprocity
Contact: Denise Hart
UNH Media Relations
Oct. 14, 2003
DURHAM, N.H. – Herbert Gintis, emeritus professor of economics
at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, is the featured speaker
at the Friday, Oct. 17, 2003, Economics Seminar sponsored by the
University of New Hampshire’s Whittemore School of Business
Gintis presents his research drawn from two papers, “The
Evolution of Strong Reciprocity,” and “Explaining Altruistic
Behavior in Humans,” from 2:10 to 3:30 p.m. in Room 318 McConnell
Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public. Visitor parking
at UNH is located off Route 155A on Mast Road; a free shuttle bus
service is available to campus locations from the visitor center.
Gintis will discuss his research about possible explanations for
the human cooperative behavior in terms of self-interest. Part
of the explanation that he offers lies in the concept of strong
reciprocity by which humans cooperate with each other and punish
those who do not. Gintis considers whether this may be an evolutionary
stable strategy. He taught at the University of Massachusetts from
1976-2002 and is an external faculty member at the Santa Fe Institute.
Gintis is part of a long-term research project about the microfoundations
of political economy and runs a large, interdisciplinary research
project “Economic Environments and the Evolution of Norms
and Preferences” funded by the MacArthur Foundation.
The Economics Seminar series is a weekly event of the Whittemore
School’s graduate degree program in economics that highlights
the research of the school’s faculty, graduate students and
For more information, contact Karen Conway, at 862-3386 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Advance copies of Gintis’ paper are available by contacting
Sinthy Kounlasa at 862-3457 or email@example.com.