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Decision making in networks: an experiment on structure effects in a group dictator game

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  • Bernhard Kittel

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  • Wolfgang Luhan

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In this study we examine the impact of communication networks on decision making in five-person committees. Within the framework of a group dictator game the committees must reach a majority choice for one collective transfer. We focus on the effect of the group structure on the collective decisions, and explore the effect of incomplete and asymmetric information on voting outcomes by defining three different networks structures: the unconnected network, a circle and a star. As expected the connections improved coordination within the committees, however, we find no significant difference between the network forms concerning the transfers chosen. Copyright Springer-Verlag 2013

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  • Bernhard Kittel & Wolfgang Luhan, 2013. "Decision making in networks: an experiment on structure effects in a group dictator game," Social Choice and Welfare, Springer;The Society for Social Choice and Welfare, vol. 40(1), pages 141-154, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:sochwe:v:40:y:2013:i:1:p:141-154
    DOI: 10.1007/s00355-011-0594-6
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