|Why cooperation is not running away|
Félix Geoffroy, Nicolas Baumard, Jean-Baptiste André
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A nice twist on partner choice theory
In this paper, Geoffroy et al.  deal with partner choice as a mechanism of maintaining cooperation, and argues that rather than being unequivocally a force towards improved payoffs to everyone through cooperation, partner choice can lead to “over-cooperation” where individuals can evolve to invest so much in cooperation that the costs of cooperating partially or fully negate the benefits from it. This happens when partner choice is consequential and effective, i.e., when interactions are ...