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The Optimal Size for a Minority

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  • Hillel Rapoport

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    (Department of Economics, Bar Ilan University)

  • Avi Weiss

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    (Department of Economics, Bar Ilan University)

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We investigate a setting in which members of a population, bifurcated into a majority and a minority, transact with randomly matched partners. All members are uniformly altruistic, and each transaction can be carried out cooperatively or through a market mechanism, with cooperative transactions saving on transaction costs. Externalities are introduced, whereby cooperation by members of one group and the

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, Bar-Ilan University in its series Working Papers with number 2001-01.

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Date of creation: Jan 2001
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Keywords: Altruism; Minorities; Ethnic groups; Religious Groups; Relative group size; Social Conflicts;

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