Social motives in network formation: An experiment

Dennie Van Dolder, Vincent Buskens

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Abstract

Literature on network formation typically assumes that people create and remove relations as to maximize their outcome in the network. It is mostly neglected that people might also care about the outcomes of others when creating and removing links. In the current paper, we develop an experiment to investigate whether people show preferences that involve the outcomes of others during network formation. We find varying evidence for effects of social motives in the settings we compare in the experiment. In the final part of the paper, we discuss some explanations for these findings. ©2009 IEEE.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2009 International Conference on Game Theory for Networks, GameNets '09
Place of PublicationIstanbul, Turkey
PublisherIEEE
Pages593-602
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9781424441778
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 2009 International Conference on Game Theory for Networks, GameNets '09

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