Network Cooperation and incentives within online communities
Godefroy DangNguyen and
Thierry Pénard ()
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The aim of this paper is to understand the rationale of cooperation within online sharing communities. How can we explain the extent of cooperative interactions between anonymous distant Internet users ? We build a game theoretic framework to study the exchange of services within virtual community like in a peer-to-peer network. We show that the coexistence of contributors and free-riders is often a stable situation. We also examine the optimal incentive mechanisms to stimulate contributions by community members.
Keywords: Online communities; Internet; free riding (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Working Paper: Network cooperation and incentives within online communities (2008)
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