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Coordination in Evolving Networks with Endogenous Decay

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  • Francesco Feri

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  • Miguel A.Mel?ndez-Jim?nez
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    This paper studies an evolutionary model of network formation with endogenous decay, in which agents benefit both from direct and indirect connections. In addition to forming (costly) links, agents choose actions for a coordination game that determines the level of decay of each link. We address the issues of coordination (long-run equilibrium selection) and network formation by means of stochastic stability techniques. We find that both the link cost and the trade-off between efficiency and risk-dominance play a crucial role in the long-run behavior of the system.

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    Paper provided by Faculty of Economics and Statistics, University of Innsbruck in its series Working Papers with number 2009-19.

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    Length: 42
    Date of creation: Jul 2009
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    Handle: RePEc:inn:wpaper:2009-19

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    Keywords: Coordination; Networks; Risk dominance; stochastic stability;

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    1. Harmsen - van Hout, Marjolein J.W. & Herings, P. Jean-Jacques & Dellaert, Benedict G.C., 2010. "Communication Network Formation with Link Specificity and Value Transferability," FCN Working Papers 15/2010, E.ON Energy Research Center, Future Energy Consumer Needs and Behavior (FCN), revised Mar 2011.

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