Economic cooperation

Ruchir Agarwal: Chimpanzee Politics and Climate Change


August 31, 2021

The animal kingdom can teach us important lessons about ourselves and increase cooperation to fight climate change. (photo: Ruchir Agarwal )

In This Episode

When it comes to cooperation, humans and chimpanzees still have much in common. Perhaps that's not surprising given humans share over 98 percent of our DNA with chimps. But in a recent article in Finance and Development, economist Ruchir Agarwal argues the 2 percent genetic difference propels humanity’s success, but also its potential for disaster. In this podcast, Agarwal asks whether humans have evolved enough to escape “chimpanzee politics” and confront the greatest risk our species is facing—climate change.


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RUCHIR AGARWAL,  is a research fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School and cofounder of the Global Talent Network.

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