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Title: The dark side of friendship: envy
Authors: Cobo-Reyes, Ramón
Jiménez, Natalia
Issue Date: 2007
Abstract: This paper studies the effect of social relations on the convergence to the effcient equilibrium in a 2x2 coordination game. We employ a 2x2 factorial design in which we explore two different games with asymmetric payoffs and two matching protocols: "friends" versus "strangers". In the first game payoffs of the worse off player are the same in the two equilibria, whereas in the second game, this player must sacrifice her own payoff for achieving the efficient equilibrium. Results show that "strangers" coordinate more frequently in the efficient equilibrium than "friends" in both games. Regarding network measures, (such us degree in, degree out and betweenness) they are all positively correlated with the strategy which leads to the efficient outcome except clustering. In addition, envy is a salient factor in explaining efficient convergence.
Sponsorship: Financial support is gratefully acknowledge by the Generalitat Valenciana GV 06/275 , Spanish Ministry SEJ2007-62081/ECON and Junta de Andalucía SEJ-2547.
Publisher: Universidad de Granada. Departamento de Teoría e Historia Económica
Series/Report no.: The Papers;07/07
Keywords: Coordination
Efficiency
Envy
Experiments
Friendship
Social networks
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10481/31506
Rights : Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 License
Citation: Cobo-Reyes, R.; Jiménez, N. The dark: side of friendship: envy. Universidad de Granada. Departamento de Teoría e Historia Económica (2007). (The Papers; 07/07). [http://hdl.handle.net/10481/31506]
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