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    Title: The Economics of Honeybee Swarming
    Authors: 林忠正,;Tze-wei Chen;Ching-chong Lai
    Keywords: Honeybee swarming;Rationality
    Date: 2003-09
    Issue Date: 2009-01-06 15:26:22 (UTC+8)
    Abstract: This paper uses the Anas [Regional Science and Urban Economics 22 (1992) 243] model
    to provide an economic explanation of the cause of honeybee swarming. We assume that a
    honeybee is rational in choosing to stay in the old hive or to leave to build a new one.
    Rationality here refers to a bee’s behavior to maximize the food (honey) that it can share or
    contribute. We show that all bees will live together when the total number of bees is small.
    As soon as the total number of bees grows over a threshold, half of the population will
    immediately swarm to another hive. Contrary to the traditional wisdom that the queen bee
    leads the swarm, our model demonstrates that swarming may be a collective action of the
    rational choices of many selfish individual bees.
    Relation: Regional Science and Urban Economics, 33(5),581-594
    Data Type: article
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