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Who Matters in Coordination Problems?

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  • József Sákovics
  • Jakub Steiner

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Agents face a coordination problem akin to the adoption of a network technology. A principal announces investment subsidies that, at minimal cost, attain a given likelihood of successful coordination. Optimal subsidies target agents who impose high externalities on others and on whom others impose low externalities. Based on the analysis of the role of strategic uncertainty in coordination processes, we provide a methodology that can be used to find the optimal targets for a variety of interventions in a large class of coordination problems with heterogeneous agents. (JEL D81, D82, D83, O33)

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Volume (Year): 102 (2012)
Issue (Month): 7 (December)
Pages: 3439-61

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  4. Dong Beom Choi, 2013. "Heterogeneity and stability: bolster the strong, not the weak," Staff Reports 637, Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
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  8. Christian Basteck & Tijmen R. Daniëls & Frank Heinemann, 2010. "Characterising Equilibrium Selection in Global Games with Strategic Complementarities," SFB 649 Discussion Papers SFB649DP2010-008, Sonderforschungsbereich 649, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany.
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