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Public goods and decay in networks

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  • Enrique Fatas

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  • Miguel Meléndez-Jiménez
  • Antonio Morales
  • Hector Solaz

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We propose a simple behavioral model to analyze situations where (1) a group of agents repeatedly plays a public goods game within a network structure and (2) each agent only observes the past behavior of her neighbors, but is affected by the decisions of the whole group. The model assumes that agents are imperfect conditional cooperators, that they infer unobserved contributions assuming imperfect conditional cooperation by others, and that they have some degree of bounded rationality. We show that our model approximates quite accurately regularities derived from public goods game experiments. Copyright The Author(s) 2015

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  • Enrique Fatas & Miguel Meléndez-Jiménez & Antonio Morales & Hector Solaz, 2015. "Public goods and decay in networks," SERIEs: Journal of the Spanish Economic Association, Springer;Spanish Economic Association, vol. 6(1), pages 73-90, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:series:v:6:y:2015:i:1:p:73-90
    DOI: 10.1007/s13209-014-0114-x
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    Keywords

    Public good; Networks; Decay; H41; C92;

    JEL classification:

    • H41 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Public Goods
    • C92 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Group Behavior

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