Shake on It: the role of Commitments and the Evolution of Coordination in Networks of Technology Firms

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Before embarking on a new collective venture, it is important to understand partners’ preferences and intentions and how strongly they commit to a common goal. Arranging prior commitments of future actions has been shown to be an evolutionary viable strategy in the context of social dilemmas. Previous works have focused on simple well-mixed population settings, for ease of analysis. Here, starting from a baseline model of a coordination game with asymmetric benefits for technology adoption in the well-mixed setting, we examine the impact of different population structures, including square lattice and scale-free (SF) networks, capturing typical homogeneous and heterogeneous network structures, on the dynamics of decision-making in the context of coordinating technology adoption. We show that, similarly to previous well-mixed analyses, prior commitments enhance coordination and the overall population payoff in structured populations, especially when the cost of commitment is justified against the benefit of coordination, and when the technology market is highly competitive. When commitments are absent, slightly higher levels of coordination and population welfare are obtained in SF than lattice. In the presence of commitments and when the market is very competitive, the overall population welfare is similar in both lattice and heterogeneous networks; though it is slightly lower in SF when the market competition is low, while social welfare suffers in a monopolistic setting. Overall, we observe that commitments can improve coordination and population welfare in structured populations, but in its presence, the outcome of evolutionary dynamics is, interestingly, not sensitive to changes in the network structure.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationALIFE 2022
Subtitle of host publicationThe 2022 Conference on Artificial Life
Publication statusPublished - 18 Jul 2022
EventProceedings of Artificial Life Conference 2022
- Univeristy of Trento, Trento, Italy
Duration: 18 Jul 202222 Jul 2022

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NameThe 2022 Conference on Artificial Life


ConferenceProceedings of Artificial Life Conference 2022
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