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A continuous time model of the bandwagon effect in collective action


  • Arieh Gavious

    (Faculty of Engineering Sciences, School of Industrial Engineering and Management, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, P.O. Box 653, Beer-Sheva 84105, Israel)

  • Shlomo Mizrahi

    () (School of Management, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva 84105, Israel)


The paper offers a complex and systematic model of the bandwagon effect in collective action using continuous time equations. The model treats the bandwagon effect as a process influenced by ratio between the mobilization efforts of social activists and the resources invested by the government to counteract this activity. The complex modeling approach makes it possible to identify the conditions for specific types of the bandwagon effect, and determines the scope of that effect. Relying on certain behavioral assumptions, these conditions are only indirectly connected to individual beliefs, so that a given bandwagon effect can be explained and planned without knowing the exact preferences of the players' preferences.

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  • Arieh Gavious & Shlomo Mizrahi, 2001. "A continuous time model of the bandwagon effect in collective action," Social Choice and Welfare, Springer;The Society for Social Choice and Welfare, vol. 18(1), pages 91-105.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:sochwe:v:18:y:2001:i:1:p:91-105
    Note: Received: 25 February 1999/Accepted: 30 November 1999

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