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Social Learning, Search and Heterogeneity of Payoffs

Edward Cartwright ()

Studies in Economics from School of Economics, University of Kent

Abstract: We consider a simple model that combines elements of search and social learning. Acting in sequence, and observing the action adopted by a previous agent, agents must search for an action. We explore why agent heterogeneity may increase expected payoffs and demonstrate that social learning may be most effective if agents are heterogenous.

Keywords: Social learning; search; herding (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C7 D8 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2007-01
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-soc
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