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Centrality and cooperation in networks

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  • van Leeuwen, Boris

    (Tilburg University, School of Economics and Management)

  • Ramalingam, Abhijit
  • Rojo Arjona, David
  • Schram, Arthur

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We investigate the effects of centrality on cooperation in groups. Players with centrality keep a group together by having a pivotal position in a network. In some of our experimental treatments, players can vote to exclude others and prevent them from further participation in the group. We find that, in the presence of exclusion, central players contribute significantly less than others, and that this is tolerated by those others. Because of this tolerance, groups with centrality manage to maintain high levels of cooperation.
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  • van Leeuwen, Boris & Ramalingam, Abhijit & Rojo Arjona, David & Schram, Arthur, 2019. "Centrality and cooperation in networks," Other publications TiSEM b668e3a4-b5a5-49f0-a7fe-c, Tilburg University, School of Economics and Management.
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    • H41 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Public Goods

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