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The Dynamics of Trustworthiness Among the Few


  • Sandra Güth
  • Werner Güth
  • Hartmut Kliemt


Conventional stochastic models of evolutionary processes with infinitely many agents are deterministic models in disguise. Only finite population models become truly stochastic. Therefore this paper focuses on an indirect evolutionary model of pair wise interaction in a pool of three (corresponding to analysing oligopolies in terms of duopoly markets). The outcomes of the process over the long haul are characterized by the stationary distribution of the underlying Markov process. Our example indicates that intermediate cases cannot be seen as convex combinations of the two polar non‐stochastic cases of two or infinitely many individuals. JEL Classification Numbers: C72, C73.

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  • Sandra Güth & Werner Güth & Hartmut Kliemt, 2002. "The Dynamics of Trustworthiness Among the Few," The Japanese Economic Review, Japanese Economic Association, vol. 53(4), pages 369-388, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:jecrev:v:53:y:2002:i:4:p:369-388
    DOI: 10.1111/1468-5876.00234

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    1. Werner Güth & Hartmut Kliemt & M. Vittoria Levati & Georg von Wangenheim, 2007. "On the Coevolution of Retribution and Trustworthiness: An (Indirect) Evolutionary and Experimental Analysis," Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics (JITE), Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen, vol. 163(1), pages 143-157, March.
    2. Werner Güth & Hartmut Kliemt & Stefan Napel, 2006. "Population-Dependent Costs of Detecting Trustworthiness - An Indirect Evolutionary Analysis -," Papers on Strategic Interaction 2006-08, Max Planck Institute of Economics, Strategic Interaction Group.

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    JEL classification:

    • C72 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Noncooperative Games
    • C73 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Stochastic and Dynamic Games; Evolutionary Games


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