Decision making in networks: an experiment on structure effects in a group dictator game

Bernhard Kittel, Wolfgang J. Luhan

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    Abstract

    In this study we examine the impact of communication networks on decision making in five-person committees. Within the framework of a group dictator game the committees must reach a majority choice for one collective transfer. We focus on the effect of the group structure on the collective decisions, and explore the effect of incomplete and asymmetric information on voting outcomes by defining three different networks structures: the unconnected network, a circle and a star. As expected the connections improved coordination within the committees, however, we find no significant difference between the network forms concerning the transfers chosen.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)141-154
    JournalSocial Choice and Welfare
    Volume40
    Issue number1
    Early online date15 Sep 2011
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013

    Keywords

    • Dictator Game
    • Majority Choice
    • Vote Outcome
    • Asymmetric Information
    • Collective Decision
    • Decision Making

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