Inequality, competition and homicide

Event type: 
Seminar
Date: 
11 February 2014
Time: 
3.00 p.m.
Location: 

Biomed Theatre A

Presenter: 
Professor Martin Daly
University of Missouri
Host: 
E&ERC

Homicide rates vary immensely, and income inequality is their best predictor.  An obvious interpretation is that inequality inspires escalated competition, of which homicides are one manifestation.  For equally

obvious reasons, this interpretation is not universally popular, but the evidence in its favour is compelling.

 

Martin’s background is in nonhuman animal behaviour, but he now studies only the human animal. Martin is interested in the relevance of evolutionary and ecological theories for psychology and

anthropology. His more specific interests include lethal violence, competition and inequality, sex differences, and the sources of variability in parental solicitude.

 

This E&ERC Seminar is hosted by Dr Michael Kasumovic