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Reciprocity, Altruism, Solidarity: A Dynamic Model

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  • Friedel Bolle
  • Alexander Kritikos

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Reciprocity is a decisive behavioural rule resulting in successful co-operation or deterrence. In this paper, a dynamic model is proposed, where reciprocity is described by changes in altruistic (or malevolent) ties. Multiple steady states may exist in one of which there may be general cooperation (solidarity) and the other being one of universal malice (war of each individual against all other individuals). We apply our theory to a number of examples, illustrating that the agents’ initial preferences determine whether a steady state of solidarity, selfishness or malice will emerge. Copyright Springer 2006

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Volume (Year): 60 (2006)
Issue (Month): 4 (06)
Pages: 371-394

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Handle: RePEc:kap:theord:v:60:y:2006:i:4:p:371-394

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Keywords: Altruism; cooperation; dynamic model; reciprocity; solidarity;

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  1. Okhrin, Irena & Richter, Knut, 2010. "An O(Tˆ3) algorithm for the capacitated lot sizing problem with minimum order quantities," Discussion Papers 284, European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder), Department of Business Administration and Economics.
  2. Dur, Robert & Sol, Joeri, 2010. "Social interaction, co-worker altruism, and incentives," Games and Economic Behavior, Elsevier, vol. 69(2), pages 293-301, July.
  3. Donna Harris & Benedikt Herrmann & Andreas Kontoleon, 2009. "`Two's Company, Three's a Group' The impact of group identity and group size on in-group favouritism," Discussion Papers 2009-13, The Centre for Decision Research and Experimental Economics, School of Economics, University of Nottingham.
  4. Bolle, Friedel, 2011. "Passing the buck," Discussion Papers 308, European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder), Department of Business Administration and Economics.
  5. Okhrin, Irena & Richter, Knut, 2010. "The linear dynamic lot size problem with minimum order quantities," Discussion Papers 283, European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder), Department of Business Administration and Economics.

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