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Investors and Exploiters in Ecology and Economics: Principles and Applications

Luc-Alain Giraldeau, Philipp Heeb, and Michael Kosfeld


In the natural world, some agents (investors) employ strategies that provide resources, services, or information while others (exploiters) achieve gain through these efforts. Such behavior coexists and is observable in many species at many levels: from bacteria which depend on the existence of biofilms to synthesize constituent proteins; to cancerous cells which employ angiogenesis in tumors; to parents who forego vaccinating their children yet benefit from herd immunity; to countries’ actions in the handling of greenhouse gases. To analyze such behavior, two independent research traditions ha ... More

Keywords: Strüngmann Forum Reports, economics, evolutionary biology, behavioral ecology, public health, anthropology, exploitation, investment, free riding, cooperation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780262036122
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262036122.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Luc-Alain Giraldeau, editor
Université du Québec á Montréal

Philipp Heeb, editor
Centre national de la Recherche scientifiques

Michael Kosfeld, editor
Goethe University Frankfurt

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1 Introduction

Luc-Alain Giraldeau and Michael Kosfeld

Ecological and Economic Conditions of Exploitation

2 Explaining Variation in Cooperative Behavior

Friederike Mengel and Joël van der Weele

3 The Ecological and Economic Conditions of Exploitation Strategies

Maxwell N. Burton-Chellew, Alex Kacelnik, Michal Arbilly, Miguel dos Santos, Kimberley J. Mathot, John M. McNamara, Friederike Mengel, Joël van der Weele, and Björn Vollan

Exploitation in the Context of Natural Resources

5 Common-Pool Resource Management

Johan A. Oldekop and Reem Hajjar

6 Governance of Renewable Resources

Thomas J. Valone, Zoltán Barta, Jan Börner, Juan-Camilo Cardenas, Luc-Alain Giraldeau, Hanna Kokko, Johan A. Oldekop, Daniel Pauly, Devesh Rustagi, and William J. Sutherland

Exploitation in Public Health

9 Interventions to Control Damage from Infectious Disease

Paul W. Ewald, Markus Herrmann, Frédéric Thomas, Sam P. Brown, Philipp Heeb, Arnon Lotem, and Benjamin Roche

Strategies to Counter Exploitation

11 Behavioral Consequence of Exploitation

Frédérique Dubois, Philipp Heeb, Sasha R. X. Dall, and Luc-Alain Giraldeau

12 Exploitative Strategies

Andrew J. King, Michael Kosfeld, Sasha R. X. Dall, Ben Greiner, Tatsuya Kameda, Kiryl Khalmetski, Wolfgang Leininger, Claus Wedekind, and Bruce Winterhalder