Special Issue "Game Theory in Social Networks"

A special issue of Games (ISSN 2073-4336). This special issue belongs to the section "Applied Game Theory".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Paolo Pin
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Dipartimento di Economia Politica e Statistica, Università degli Studi di Siena, Piazza San Francesco 7, 53100 Siena, Italy
Interests: economics of social networks; game theory; behavioral experiments; analysis of complex networks; homophily; vaccination intentions
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The network of social relations between individuals has profound effects on economic processes. The fact that social relations are an important factor in conveying opportunities and information is evident, but it has been analyzed through economic modeling only in the recent past, because of the technical difficulties of including graph theory in a framework of full rationality.

The natural approach is to combine the techniques of game theory and graph theory, but the first definitions of network games were provided by computer scientists only in the early 2000s.

However, in the last 10 years, a literature on games played on networks has grown in economics. This literature is now booming and has been applied to all possible interactions that are mediated by networks of social contacts.

This Special Issue welcomes any contribution that studies or applies network games. Applications can be widespread and interdisciplinary.

Dr. Paolo Pin
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • game theory
  • social networks
  • key players
  • network externalities
  • graph theory
  • local public goods

Published Papers

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