Connected Coordination: Network Structure and Group Coordination
Mathew D. McCubbins
Duke University School of Law
University of California, San Diego (UCSD)
University of Southern California - Department of Political Science; University of Southern California - School of International Relations
August 4, 2008
Networks can affect a group's ability to solve a coordination problem. We utilize laboratory experiments to study the conditions under which groups of subjects can solve coordination games. We investigate a variety of different network structures, and we also investigate coordination games with symmetric and asymmetric payoffs. Our results show that network connections facilitate coordination in both symmetric and asymmetric games. Most significantly, we find that increases in the number of network connections encourage coordination even when payoffs are highly asymmetric. These results shed light on the conditions that may facilitate coordination in real-world networks.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 34
Keywords: networks, coordinatinon, experiments, human behavior
Date posted: August 5, 2008 ; Last revised: March 1, 2009
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