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Cooperation and Cultural Transmission in a Coordination Game

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  • Olcina Vauteren Gonzalo

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    (ESTRUCTURA DE RECERCA INTERDISCIPLINAR, COMPORTAMENT ECONÒMIC - SOCIAL (ERI - CES) UNIVERSITY OF VALENCIA)

  • Calabuig Alcántara Vicente

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    (ESTRUCTURA DE RECERCA INTERDISCIPLINAR, COMPORTAMENT ECONÒMIC-SOCIAL (ERI-CES) UNIVERSITY OF VALENCIA)

Abstract

We present an overlapping generations model with cultural transmission of preferences, in which players face in each period a two-stage coordination game that consists of a production stage followed by a distribution phase. In the globally stable steady state of society, there will be a mixed distribution of preferences where both selfish and other-regarding preference sare present and, more importantly, players coordinate on the cooperative equilibrium of the coordination game. The presence of a significant fraction of individuals with other-regarding preferences acts as a stock of social capital in the society, reducing personal risk. If the proportion of selfish individuals in the initial condition of the dynamics is very high, there is still multiplicity of equilibria. We show that if there is heterogeneity in the behavior among groups and a positive rate of migration, then all groups will converge to the cooperative result.

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Paper provided by Fundacion BBVA / BBVA Foundation in its series Working Papers with number 201066.

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Length: 49
Date of creation: Mar 2007
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Handle: RePEc:fbb:wpaper:201066

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Keywords: Cooperation; coordination game; social capital; social preferences; cultural transmission.;

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  1. Conley, John P. & Neilson, William S., 2013. "Endogenous coordination and discoordination games: Multiculturalism and assimilation," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 92(C), pages 176-191.
  2. Hiller, Victor, 2011. "Work organization, preferences dynamics and the industrialization process," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 55(7), pages 1007-1025.
  3. Xu, Yan & Hu, Bin & Wu, Jiang & Zhang, Jianhua, 2014. "Nonlinear analysis of the cooperation of strategic alliances through stochastic catastrophe theory," Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, Elsevier, vol. 400(C), pages 100-108.
  4. Panebianco, Fabrizio, 2014. "Socialization networks and the transmission of interethnic attitudes," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, vol. 150(C), pages 583-610.

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