Stability in a network economy: The role of institutions

Gilles, Robert, Lazarova, Emiliya and Ruys, Pieter (2015) Stability in a network economy: The role of institutions. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 119. 375–399.

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    Abstract

    We consider an economy in which agents are embedded in a network of potential value-generating relationships. Agents are assumed to be able to participate in three types of economic interactions: Autarkic self-provision; bilateral interaction; and multilateral collaboration through endogenously provided platforms. We introduce two stability concepts and provide sufficient and necessary conditions on the network structure that guarantee existence, in cases of the absence of externalities, link-based externalities and crowding externalities. We show that institutional arrangements based on socioeconomic roles and leadership guarantee stability. In particular, the stability of more complex economic outcomes requires more strict and complex institutional rules to govern economic interactions. We investigate strict social hierarchies, tiered leadership structures and global market places.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: network economies,bilateral and multilateral interaction,stable outcomes,institutional stability
    Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Economics
    Depositing User: Pure Connector
    Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2015 15:04
    Last Modified: 16 Nov 2018 11:30
    URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/54784
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jebo.2015.09.011

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