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STICERD Economic Theory Seminars

Experimentation in Networks

Moritz Meyer ter-Vehn (University of California, Los Angeles)

Thursday 04 May 2023 15:30 - 17:00

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About this event

We introduce a model of strategic experimentation on social networks where forward looking agents learn from their own and neighbours' successes. In equilibrium, private discovery is followed by social diffusion. Social learning crowds out own experimentation, so total information decreases with network density; we determine density thresholds below which agents asymptotically learn the state. In contrast, agent welfare is single-peaked in network density, and achieves a second-best benchmark level at intermediate levels that achieve a balance between discovery and diffusion. We also show how learning and welfare differ across directed, undirected and clustered networks.

Economic Theory Seminars are held on Thursdays in term time at 15:30-17:00, both ONLINE and IN PERSON in SAL 3.05.

Seminar organisers: Dr Andrew Ellis and Dr Christopher Sandmann.

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