What is the Value of Desertion?

Revista de Economía Institucional, Vol. 11, No. 20, First semester of 2009

29 Pages Posted: 25 Sep 2009

Date Written: June 30, 2009

Abstract

Members of an illegal armed organization reveal their desertion minimum values in reaction to the incentives offered by a government. Depending on the organization’s network structure, the desertion of an individual member will unleash a contagion process that will destroy the local network at a varying speed. Staging a game between a government and the members of an illegal organization, connected through a network structure, we show that the speed of the desertion process depends on the network structure and on its members’ minimum desertion values.

Keywords: social networks, desertion, game theory

JEL Classification: D85, D83

Suggested Citation

Castillo, María del Pilar and Salazar, Boris, What is the Value of Desertion? (June 30, 2009). Revista de Economía Institucional, Vol. 11, No. 20, First semester of 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1477967

María del Pilar Castillo (Contact Author)

Universidad del Valle ( email )

Calle 13 No
Cali, 100-00
Colombia

Boris Salazar

Universidad del Valle ( email )

Calle 13 No
Cali, 100-00
Colombia

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