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Social motives in network formation: an experiment

van Dolder, Dennie; Buskens, Vincent

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Dennie van Dolder dennie.vandolder@nottingham.ac.uk

Vincent Buskens v.buskens@uu.nl

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.

Publication Date May 1, 2009
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Institution Citation van Dolder, D., & Buskens, V. (2009). Social motives in network formation: an experiment
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information Published in: Proceedings of the 2009 International Conference on Game Theory for Networks: 13-15 May, 2009, Boaziçi University, Istanbul. [Piscataway, N.J.] : IEEE, c2009. ISBN 9781424441761 pp. 593-602. DOI:10.1109/GAMENETS.2009.5137449
doi: 10.1109/GAMENETS.2009.5137449


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