Alessandra Cassar, ac and Mary Rigdon, mr (2008): Trust and Reciprocity in 2-node and 3-node Networks.
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In this paper we focus on the interaction between exogenous network structure and bargaining behavior in a laboratory experiment. Our main question is how competition and cooperation interact in bargaining environments based on networked versions of the investment game. We focus on 3-node networked markets and vary the network structure to model competition upstream (multiple sellers paired with a monopsonistic buyer) and competition downstream (a monopolistic seller paired with multiple buyers). We describe two kinds of models of trust for such networked environments, absolute and relativized models, and use this structure to generate a general hypothesis about these environments: that information crowds in cooperation on the competitive side of the market. The experimental results support this hypothesis.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||Trust and Reciprocity in 2-node and 3-node Networks|
|Keywords:||networks, trust, reciprocity, experiments, investment game|
|Subjects:||L - Industrial Organization > L1 - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance > L14 - Transactional Relationships; Contracts and Reputation; Networks
D - Microeconomics > D0 - General > D00 - General
C - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods > C9 - Design of Experiments > C91 - Laboratory, Individual Behavior
|Depositing User:||Mary Rigdon|
|Date Deposited:||06. Feb 2008 05:49|
|Last Modified:||19. Feb 2013 05:55|