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Communication and Coordination in Social Networks

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  • Chwe, Michael Suk-Young
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    I model people in a coordination game who use a communication network to tell each other their willingness to participate. The minimal sufficient networks for coordination can be interpreted as placing people into a hierarchy of social roles or "stages": "initial adopters", then "followers", and so on down to "late adopters". A communication network helps coordination in exactly two ways: by informing each stage about earlier stages, and by creating common knowledge within each stage. We then consider two examples: first we show that "low dimensional" networks can be better for coordination even though they have far fewer links than "high dimensional" networks; second we show that wide dispersion of "insurgents", people predisposed toward participation, can be good for coordination but too much dispersion can be bad. Copyright 2000 by The Review of Economic Studies Limited

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    Volume (Year): 67 (2000)
    Issue (Month): 1 (January)
    Pages: 1-16

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    Handle: RePEc:bla:restud:v:67:y:2000:i:1:p:1-16

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