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Farsightedly stable networks


  • Jean-Jacques, HERINGS
  • Ana, MAULEON

    (UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN, Department of Economics)


We propose a new concept, the pairwise farsightedly stable set, in order to predict which networks may be formed among farsighted players. A set of networks G is pairwise farsightedly stable (i) if all possible pairwise deviations from any network g E G to a network outside G are deterred by the threat of endind worse off or equally well off, (ii) if there exists a farsightedly improving path from any network outside the set leading to some network in the set, and (iii) if there is no proper subset of G satisfying (i) and (ii). We show that a non-empty pairwise farsightedly stable set always exists and we provide a full characterization of unique pairwise farsightedly stable sets of networks. Contrary to other pairwise concepts, pairwise farsightedly yields a Pareto dominating betwork, if it exists, as the unique outcome. Finally, we study the relationship between pairwise farsightedly stability and other concepts such as the largest consistent set.

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  • Jean-Jacques, HERINGS & Ana, MAULEON & Vincent, VANNETELBOSCH, 2006. "Farsightedly stable networks," Discussion Papers (ECON - Département des Sciences Economiques) 2006046, Université catholique de Louvain, Département des Sciences Economiques.
  • Handle: RePEc:ctl:louvec:2006046

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    Networks; Farsighted; Stability; Pairwise; Efficiency;

    JEL classification:

    • A14 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Sociology of Economics
    • C70 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - General
    • D20 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - General


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