Homogeneity of Degree in Complex Social Networks as a Collective Good

16 Pages Posted: 30 Mar 2009 Last revised: 27 Jan 2013

Gregory Todd Jones

University of Georgia - Terry College of Business; Georgia State University - Consortium on Negotiation and Conflict Resolution; Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods

Doug Yarn

Georgia State University - College of Law

Reidar Hagtvedt

University of Alberta - Department of Accounting, Operations & Information Systems

Travis Lloyd

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: March 30, 2009

Abstract

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.

Suggested Citation

Jones, Gregory Todd and Yarn, Doug and Hagtvedt, Reidar and Lloyd, Travis, Homogeneity of Degree in Complex Social Networks as a Collective Good (March 30, 2009). Georgia State University Law Review, Vol. 24, No. 4, 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1370517

Gregory Todd Jones (Contact Author)

University of Georgia - Terry College of Business ( email )

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Georgia State University - Consortium on Negotiation and Conflict Resolution ( email )

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Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods ( email )

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Douglas Hurt Yarn

Georgia State University - College of Law ( email )

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Reidar Hagtvedt

University of Alberta - Department of Accounting, Operations & Information Systems ( email )

Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2R6
Canada

Travis Lloyd

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

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