I mean, they're all just competing for resources, right?
May 16, 2012 2:33 PM Subscribe
What is the current state of interdisciplinary research between biology and economics?
posted by gauche to science & nature (4 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
In an earlier question
, I asked about an experiment
in which a slime mold colony could be made into a network that resembled in some important particulars the design of the Tokyo railway system. That was fascinating, in part because then I went and learned about slime molds.
Anyway it got me thinking that for all that we talk about the operation of economic markets in evolutionary terms (e.g., "social darwinism", "fitness") I don't actually hear very much about how biology -- particularly the study of organisms or populations responding to conditions of scarcity or predation -- informs economics as a science. I should think that the similarities would be a fecund area of research. Specifically, I'm looking for research which explores the behavior or economic organizations (firms) by reference to the behavior of organisms or populations of organisms.
I am looking for books or articles which explore this concept. Ideally I'm looking for sources that are accessible to non-scientists and non-economists, although a certain learning curve would be fine. Ideally articles would be not-paywalled but my public library has decent database access: really I'm eager for whatever you can share. Thanks!