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Cooperation and cultural transmission in a coordination game

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Calabuig, Vicente; Olcina, Gonzalo

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Abstract The aim of this paper is to analyze if cooperation can be the product of cultural evolution in a two-stage coordination game, consisting of a production stage followed by a negotiation phase. We present an overlapping generations model with cultural transmission of preferences where the distribution of preferences in the population and the strategies are determined endogenously and simultaneously. There are several groups in the society; some of them play cooperatively and others do not. Socialization takes place inside the group, but there is a positive rate of migration among groups which parents anticipate. Our main result shows that all groups converge to the cooperative equilibrium.
Keywords migration
Classification National Economy
Free Keywords Cultural Transmission; Coordination Game; Social Preferences; Cooperation;
Document language English
Publication Year 2009
Page/Pages p. 188-201
Journal Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 72 (2009) 1
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jebo.2009.05.005
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)