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Network formation with decreasing marginal benefits of information

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  • K. de Jaegher
  • J.J.A. Kamphorst

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In the two-way flow connections model of the seminal paper by Bala and Goyal (2000a), the marginal benefit of obtaining the information of one more player is constant. However, it is plausible that the marginal benefit of such information is decreasing. This paper explores the consequences for the stability of networks of such decreasing marginal benefits. We start by characterizing the strict Nash networks for both the case of constant and the case of decreasing marginal benefits. Using this characterization, we next explore how the set of strict Nash networks differs for the two cases. The results and intuition tells us that long diameter networks have certain features which make them relatively more likely to be stable under decreasing marginal benefits of information as compared to short diameter networks.

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  • K. de Jaegher & J.J.A. Kamphorst, 2008. "Network formation with decreasing marginal benefits of information," Working Papers 08-16, Utrecht School of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:use:tkiwps:0816
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    Cited by:

    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. Buechel, Berno, 2011. "Network formation with closeness incentives," Center for Mathematical Economics Working Papers 395, Center for Mathematical Economics, Bielefeld University.
    3. Pascal Billand & Christophe Bravard & Sudipta Sarangi & J. Kamphorst, 2011. "Confirming information flows in networks," Post-Print halshs-00672351, HAL.
    4. Charoensook, Banchongsan, 2012. "A noncooperative model of network formation with decreasing productivity," MPRA Paper 36570, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    5. Filippo Vergara Caffarelli, 2009. "Networks with decreasing returns to linking," Temi di discussione (Economic working papers) 734, Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area.

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    Network Formation; Concave Benefits; Two-Way Flow Model;

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