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Neutral agents and social tolerance: a dynamic perspective based on economic interaction model with local social cost functions

Yingying Shi and Min Pan

Applied Economics Letters, 2018, vol. 25, issue 20, 1416-1420

Abstract: The influence of neutral agents on the evolutionary dynamics of social tolerance is discussed based on a recently proposed economic interaction model with local social cost functions. We show that the dynamical structure of social tolerance is completely changed even if a few neutral agents are introduced into the society. Especially, the full intolerance steady state, which is stable in previous works, becomes unstable and avoidable due to the economic incentive introduced by the neutral agents. The necessary condition of achieving full tolerance is also reduced compared to previous works without neutral agents.

Date: 2018
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