Network Cooperation and Incentives within Online Communities
20 Pages Posted: 22 Dec 2006
Date Written: September 1, 2006
The aim of this article is to understand the rationale of cooperation at work within online sharing communities. How can the extent of cooperative interactions between anonymous and spatially-dispersed Internet users be explained? We have built a game-theoretic framework to study the exchange of services within a virtual community, such as a peer-to-peer network. It will be shown that the coexistence of contributors and free-riders often yields a stable situation. The optimal incentive mechanisms for stimulating contributions from community members will also be examined.
Keywords: Online communities, Network, Internet, Peer-to-peer, Cooperation
JEL Classification: L86
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