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Mathematics 2018, 6(9), 162;

Keeping up with the Neighbors: Social Interaction in a Production Economy

Institute of Economics, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China
Department of Decision Sciences and Managerial Economics, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, New Territories, Hong Kong, China
Department of Economics, School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China
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Received: 31 July 2018 / Revised: 5 September 2018 / Accepted: 7 September 2018 / Published: 9 September 2018
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It is well-documented that individuals care about how others around them are doing. This paper studies a production economy in which consumers provide labor supply to a representative firm to earn income for consumption, and their utility depends on their own leisure time, their own consumption level, as well as their neighbors’ consumption levels. We characterize the unique equilibrium for such an economy, allowing for three different types of effects of the neighborhood size: linear effect, zero effect, and nonlinear effect. Four network structures (empty network, ring network, star network, and core-periphery network) with different production technologies are analyzed. Our work contributes to a better understanding of the general equilibrium effect of social preferences and network structures. View Full-Text
Keywords: production economy; social preferences; general equilibrium; social network production economy; social preferences; general equilibrium; social network

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Feng, Z.; Lien, J.W.; Zheng, J. Keeping up with the Neighbors: Social Interaction in a Production Economy. Mathematics 2018, 6, 162.

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