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Myopic and farsighted stability in network formation games: an experimental study

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  • Mariya Teteryatnikova

    (National Research University Higher School of Economics
    Vienna University of Economics and Business)

  • James Tremewan

    (University of Auckland)

Abstract

We test the performance of myopic and farsighted stability concepts in a network formation experiment with a stream of payoffs and relatively unstructured link formation process. A subtle treatment variation demonstrates clearly the power of myopic stability concepts in precisely identifying the set of the most stable networks. However, we also find support for the predictions of farsighted concepts of stability, especially those that assume players’ pessimism about the eventual outcome of a deviation. This is the first study to demonstrate that there exist environments where farsighted stability concepts identify empirically stable networks that are not identified by myopic concepts. Thus, myopic stability concepts are not necessarily sufficient to predict all stable outcomes in empirical applications.

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  • Mariya Teteryatnikova & James Tremewan, 2020. "Myopic and farsighted stability in network formation games: an experimental study," Economic Theory, Springer;Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory (SAET), vol. 69(4), pages 987-1021, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:joecth:v:69:y:2020:i:4:d:10.1007_s00199-019-01200-z
    DOI: 10.1007/s00199-019-01200-z
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    Keywords

    Network formation; Myopic and farsighted stability; Cautious behaviour; Laboratory experiment;
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    • A14 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Sociology of Economics
    • C71 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Cooperative Games
    • C92 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Group Behavior
    • D85 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Network Formation

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