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

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.

Date & time

Mon 31 Jul 2017, 12:30pm to 2:00pm


Coombs Seminar Room A

Event series


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