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Limited Observation in Mutual Consent Networks


  • McBride Michael

    () (UC Irvine)


This paper studies mutual consent social networks in which individuals imperfectly monitor others' network ties and have incomplete information about the benefits of network participation. I introduce the Conjectural Pairwise Stability concept, which generalizes Jackson and Wolinsky's (1996) Pairwise Stability concept to allow for limited observation, and apply it to a specific mutual consent network formation game. While limited observation generally leads to the existence of less efficient stable networks, I find that it can also lead to the existence of efficient stable networks. Moreover, stability restrictions considered in previous work lose their refining power as observation becomes more limited.

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  • McBride Michael, 2006. "Limited Observation in Mutual Consent Networks," The B.E. Journal of Theoretical Economics, De Gruyter, vol. 6(1), pages 1-29, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:bpj:bejtec:v:advances.6:y:2006:i:1:n:3

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