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A comparison of wealth inequality in humans and non-humans

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Ivan D Chase
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Dianna K Padilla
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Abstract

HIGHLIGHTS • We present the first description of "wealth" inequality in a non-human animal • We describe the distribution of snail shells occupied by a hermit crab species • The distribution of shells resembles the common form of human wealth distributions • Hermit crabs may provide an animal model of the dynamics generating wealth inequality • Shell distribution in hermit crabs provides a baseline to compare to human inequality
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hal-03018472 , version 1 (22-11-2020)

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Ivan D Chase, Raphaël Douady, Dianna K Padilla. A comparison of wealth inequality in humans and non-humans. Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, 2020, 538, pp.122962. ⟨10.1016/j.physa.2019.122962⟩. ⟨hal-03018472⟩
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