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Resource-Grabbing By Status-Conscious Agents

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  • Ngo Van Long

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  • Shengzu Wang

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We introduce a dynamic model of resource-grabbing by status-conscious agents, i.e., agents value not only their absolute consumption levels, but also the relative status within their reference group. We explore the effect of the concern for relative consumption on the growth rate and the welfare of an economy where agents appropriate from a common property resource. Our model shows that the greater is agents' concern about their relative status, the more aggressively they tend to behave. Consequently, the social welfare is lower because the growth rate of the public asset is reduced doe to higher extraction rate. We also consider the effect of increased heterogeneity, and show that social welfare decreases as the distribution of status-consciousness among agents widens.

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  • Ngo Van Long & Shengzu Wang, 2008. "Resource-Grabbing By Status-Conscious Agents," Departmental Working Papers 2008-08, McGill University, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:mcl:mclwop:2008-08
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    • C73 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Stochastic and Dynamic Games; Evolutionary Games
    • D6 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics
    • D9 - Microeconomics - - Micro-Based Behavioral Economics
    • O1 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development
    • Q20 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - General

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