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Sense making and information in an agent-based model of cooperation


  • Caterina Cruciani

    () (Department of Economics, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia)

  • Anna Moretti

    () (Department of Management, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia)

  • Paolo Pellizzari

    () (Department of Economics, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia)


This paper studies the profile of cooperation emerging in a context in which agents may choose to join one of two groups or stay on their own, in a world where similarity across peers matters. In particular, we investigate the role of heterogeneity in individual contributions, of the level of information and of in-group processes of convergence in values (sense making) in fostering higher levels of cooperation, assessed through higher participation rates to groups. Starting from the result that more heterogeneity reduces participation, we show that increasing the level of information available to subjects and activating sense-making dynamics are able to support higher cooperation levels, which, however, come at the cost of increased radicalization of agent types within group.

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  • Caterina Cruciani & Anna Moretti & Paolo Pellizzari, 2012. "Sense making and information in an agent-based model of cooperation," Working Papers 14, Department of Management, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia.
  • Handle: RePEc:vnm:wpdman:27

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    1. Alberto Alesina & Eliana La Ferrara, 2000. "Participation in Heterogeneous Communities," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press, vol. 115(3), pages 847-904.
    2. Jeff Dayton-Johnson & Pranab Bardhan, 2002. "Inequality And Conservation On The Local Commons: A Theoretical Exercise," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 112(481), pages 577-602, July.
    3. Caterina Cruciani & Anna Moretti & Paolo Pellizzari, 2012. "Does sharing values lead to cooperation? A similarity-based investigation," Working Papers 1, Department of Management, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia.
    4. Rosaria Conte & Mario Paolucci, 2001. "Intelligent Social Learning," Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, vol. 4(1), pages 1-3.
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    Similarity; Sense making; Cooperation; Groups;

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    • B41 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Economic Methodology - - - Economic Methodology
    • D74 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Conflict; Conflict Resolution; Alliances; Revolutions
    • D85 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Network Formation

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