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Network formation with closeness incentives

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  • Buechel, Berno

    (Center for Mathematical Economics, Bielefeld University)

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We study network formation in a strategic setting where every agent strives for short paths to the other agents. The main parameter of our model is the marginal rate of substitution between network benefits and linking costs. We provide boundaries of stable networks for increasing and decreasing marginal returns. The formulated model stands in strong relation to the famous connections model (Jackson & Wolinsky '96): we show that for certain parameter values both models induce the same network structures.

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  • Buechel, Berno, 2011. "Network formation with closeness incentives," Center for Mathematical Economics Working Papers 395, Center for Mathematical Economics, Bielefeld University.
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    1. Buechel, Berno & Buskens, Vincent, 2011. "The dynamics of closeness and betweenness," Center for Mathematical Economics Working Papers 398, Center for Mathematical Economics, Bielefeld University.
    2. Somayeh Koohborfardhaghighi & Jorn Altmann, 2016. "How Strategic Networking Impacts the Networking Outcome: A Complex Adaptive System Approach," TEMEP Discussion Papers 2016131, Seoul National University; Technology Management, Economics, and Policy Program (TEMEP), revised Aug 2016.
    3. Somayeh Koohborfardhaghighi & Jorn Altmann, 2014. "A Network Formation Model for Social Object Networks," TEMEP Discussion Papers 2014113, Seoul National University; Technology Management, Economics, and Policy Program (TEMEP), revised Jun 2014.
    4. De Jaegher, K. & Kamphorst, J.J.A., 2015. "Minimal two-way flow networks with small decay," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 109(C), pages 217-239.
    5. Tim Hellmann & Berno Buechel, 2009. "Under-connected and Over-connected Networks," Working Papers 2009.38, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei.
    6. repec:use:tkiwps:1616 is not listed on IDEAS
    7. K. de Jaegher & J.J.A. Kamphorst, 2009. "Two-way Flow Networks with Small Decay," Working Papers 09-34, Utrecht School of Economics.
    8. Somayeh Koohborfardhaghighi & Jorn Altmann, 2016. "How Network Visibility and Strategic Networking Leads to the Emergence of Certain Network Characteristics: A Complex Adaptive System Approach," TEMEP Discussion Papers 2016130, Seoul National University; Technology Management, Economics, and Policy Program (TEMEP), revised Aug 2016.
    9. K. de Jaegher & J.J.A. Kamphorst, 2008. "Network formation with decreasing marginal benefits of information," Working Papers 08-16, Utrecht School of Economics.
    10. repec:use:tkiwps:3434 is not listed on IDEAS

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