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Optimal foraging theory and economics: a historical note

Dagg, Joachim (2017) Optimal foraging theory and economics: a historical note. [Preprint]

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This study sheds a light on economic roots of optimal foraging/mating theory. Two examples show graphical optimisation models of behavioural ecology that are identical to much older ones of economics. The knowledge transfer has been conscious and explicit in some cases, but also less visible in others. This does no imply plagiarism or misconduct but merely shows how knowledge can diffuse along obscure, sometimes unconscious, routes of non-public and private communication.


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Dagg, JoachimL.0000-0002-7310-5431
Keywords: marginal value theorem, marginal utility theory, optimal foraging, optimal mating, predator switching
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
Specific Sciences > Economics
General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Depositing User: Dr. Joachim L. Dagg
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2017 22:57
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2017 22:57
Item ID: 14039
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
Specific Sciences > Economics
General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Date: February 2017
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/14039

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