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Unfolding social hierarchies in large population games

Vega-Redondo, Fernando (1997) Unfolding social hierarchies in large population games. Working Paper. Instituto Valenciano de Investigaciones Económicas, S.A. (Ivie) Working Papers. Serie AD.

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Consider a large (continuum) population of finitely-lived agents organized in hierarchical levels.Every period, agents are matched to play a certain symmetric game. On the basis of the payoffs obtained, a certain p-fraction of those who performed best at each level are promoted upwords. On the other hand, newcomers replacing those who die every period enter at the lowest level and imitate unbiasedly (but subject to noise) the actions adopted at the highest one. In this context, the (unique) long-run behavior of the system is fully characterized for the whole class of 2x2 coordination games. The results crucially depend on the institutional parameter p(which refelcts how hierarchical - or selective - the society is) and on a purely ordinal criterion ont he payoffs of the game. In particular, efficent (or inefficent behaviour) may prevail in the long run -even when risk-dominated - if promotion in society is (or, respectively, is not) selective enough.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Social hierarchies; large population games
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2013 20:38
Last Modified: 07 Jan 2013 20:38

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