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Lock-in through passive connections

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  • Cui, Zhiwei
  • Weidenholzer, Simon

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We consider a model of social coordination and network formation where agents decide on an action in a coordination game and on whom to establish costly links to. We study the role of passive connections; these are links that other agents form to a given agent. Such passive connections may create an endogenously arising form of lock-in where agents don't switch actions and links, as this may result in a loss of payoff received through them. When agents are constrained in the number of links they form, the set of Nash equilibria includes action-heterogenous strategy profiles, where different agents choose different actions. Depending on the precise parameters of the model, risk-dominant, payoff-dominant, or action-heterogenous strategy profiles are stochastically stable.

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  • Cui, Zhiwei & Weidenholzer, Simon, 2021. "Lock-in through passive connections," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, vol. 192(C).
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jetheo:v:192:y:2021:i:c:s0022053121000041
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jet.2021.105187
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    Keywords

    Social coordination; Network formation; Learning; Lock-in;
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    JEL classification:

    • C72 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Noncooperative Games
    • D83 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Search; Learning; Information and Knowledge; Communication; Belief; Unawareness
    • D85 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Network Formation

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