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Identity, reputation and social interaction with an application to sequential voting

  • Emilio Barucci


  • Marco Tolotti


We analyze binary choices in a random utility model assuming that the agent's preferences are affected by conformism (with respect to the behavior of the society) and coherence (with respect to his identity). We apply the analysis to sequential voting when voters like to win.

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Article provided by Springer & Society for Economic Science with Heterogeneous Interacting Agents in its journal Journal of Economic Interaction and Coordination.

Volume (Year): 7 (2012)
Issue (Month): 1 (May)
Pages: 79-98

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Handle: RePEc:spr:jeicoo:v:7:y:2012:i:1:p:79-98
DOI: 10.1007/s11403-011-0083-0
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