Homogeneity of Degree in Complex Social Networks as a Collective Good
Gregory Todd Jones
Georgia State University - College of Law; Georgia State University - Consortium on Negotiation and Conflict Resolution; University of Georgia - Terry College of Business; Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods
Georgia State University - College of Law
University of Alberta - Department of Accounting, Operations & Information Systems
affiliation not provided to SSRN
March 30, 2009
Georgia State University Law Review, Vol. 24, No. 4, 2008
In this study, we join those that employ complex systems tools and network analysis methodologies to leave the artificiality of the two dimensional toroidal architecture behind in favor of network architectures offering a full range of degree and heterogeneity of degree, facilitating a more generalized study of the evolution of prosocial behavior. In what follows, we begin by formally specifying the models under study and providing a detailed description of the simulations. We then explain our results, focusing principally on the conclusion that heterogeneity of degree negatively influences the evolution of cooperation and that this effect is independent from other factors such as average degree.
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Date posted: March 30, 2009 ; Last revised: January 27, 2013
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