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Myopic or Farsighted? An Experiment on Network Formation

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  • Mantovani, Marco
  • Kirchsteiger, Georg
  • Mauleon, Ana
  • Vannetelbosch, Vincent

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Pairwise stability (Jackson and Wolinsky, 1996) is the standard stability concept in network formation. It assumes myopic behavior of the agents in the sense that they do not forecast how others might react to their actions. Assuming that agents are farsighted, related stability concepts have been proposed. We design a simple network formation experiment to test these theories. Our results provide support for farsighted stability and strongly reject the idea of myopic behavior.

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  • Mantovani, Marco & Kirchsteiger, Georg & Mauleon, Ana & Vannetelbosch, Vincent, 2011. "Myopic or Farsighted? An Experiment on Network Formation," Climate Change and Sustainable Development 108256, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM).
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:feemcl:108256
    DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.108256
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    • D85 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Network Formation
    • C91 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Individual Behavior
    • C92 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Group Behavior

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