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Behavioral Foundations And Equilibrium Notions For Social Network Formation Processes



    (BETA (UMR CNRS 7522), Université Louis Pasteur, 61, avenue de la Forêt Noire, F-67085 Strasbourg Cedex, France)



    (LEREPS-GRES, Université de Toulouse 1, Manufacture des Tabacs, 21 Allée de Brienne, F-31000 Toulouse, France)

This paper develops a framework for studying social network formation. Partly built upon a formalism used in theoretical economics, the network formation process we introduce is locally driven by agents who maximize a given individual payoff function. We examine two simple models and observe the limiting distributions of stochastically stable networks. We find that these networks share some of the features observed for social networks. In particular, we find critical values of the parameters for which the selected networks exhibit small world properties.

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Article provided by World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd. in its journal Advances in Complex Systems.

Volume (Year): 07 (2004)
Issue (Month): 01 ()
Pages: 77-92

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Handle: RePEc:wsi:acsxxx:v:07:y:2004:i:01:p:77-92
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