Why do you hate me? On the survival of spite

Martin Dufwenberg, Werner Güth

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Spite involves harming others without good reasons. It may survive in small populations or on markets with strategic substitutes. We consider situations where selfishness helps efficiency. Here spite endangers efficiency, but is wiped out by evolutionary forces.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)147-152
Number of pages6
JournalEconomics Letters
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2000


  • (Indirect) evolution
  • C72
  • D63
  • Efficiency
  • Endogenous preferences
  • Game theory
  • Spite

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics


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