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Coordination on egalitarian networks from asymmetric relations in a social game of chicken

Tsvetkova, Milena ORCID: 0000-0002-3552-108X and Buskens, Vincent (2013) Coordination on egalitarian networks from asymmetric relations in a social game of chicken. Advances in Complex Systems, 16 (01). p. 1350005. ISSN 0219-5259

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Identification Number: 10.1142/S0219525913500057


We present a model of social interaction in which actors choose their partners and play the Chicken Game with them. In contrast to most previous models of the coevolution of games and networks, we assume that the actors can employ different actions against different partners. This allows us to derive two different solutions to the coordination and asymmetry problems in the game: egalitarian stationary conventions (based on indirect reciprocity at the network level) and alternating conventions (based on direct reciprocity in dyads). We derive predictions on the occurrence of the possible convention structures and test our theoretical findings in a computerized experiment. The experimental results indicate that the egalitarian conventions indeed emerge and persist and that the alternating conventions are much more likely than the stationary ones. However, although egalitarian in terms of payoffs, the convention structures tend to have hierarchical action distributions.

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Additional Information: © 2013 World Scientific Publishing Company
Divisions: Methodology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Date Deposited: 12 May 2017 14:46
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 01:46

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