Mechanism design for the outbreak of cooperation

Cooperation is an abundant phenomenon in biological and social systems, but in most game-theoretical approaches defection should be the rational strategy to choose. In order to solve this paradox, a vast number of literature has investigated modifications to the classical approach.

Concentrating mainly on PD (prisoner's dilemma) and IPD (iterated PD) games, we have proposed different mechanisms that can be implemented into the interaction of agents, to enhance a transition from defection to cooperation. Some of them are counterintuitive, such as providing less information, increasing individual diversity or allowing for migration. Their effect is analysed by means of multi-agent models, in which N-person games are decomposed into simultaneous 2-person games. As in evolutionary game theory, agents can adopt better strategies after each generation. These models are analysed by means of computer simulations and mathematical analyses.

Selected Publications

Redistribution spurs growth by using a portfolio effect on risky human capital

[2013]
Lorenz, Jan; Paetzel, Fabian; Schweitzer, Frank

PLOS ONE, pages: e54904, volume: 8, number: 2

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How can social herding enhance cooperation?

[2013]
Schweitzer, Frank; Mavrodiev, Pavlin; Tessone, Claudio Juan

ACS - Advances in Complex Systems, pages: 1350017-1-1350017-22, volume: 16

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Diversity-induced resonance in the response to social norms

[2013]
Tessone, Claudio Juan; Sanchez, Anxo; Schweitzer, Frank

Physical Review E, pages: 022803, volume: 87

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Optimal migration promotes the outbreak of cooperation in heterogeneous populations

[2012]
Schweitzer, Frank; Behera, Laxmidhar

ACS - Advances in Complex Systems, pages: 1250059, volume: 15, number: supp01

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Effects of social influence on the wisdom of crowds

[2012]
Mavrodiev, Pavlin; Tessone, Claudio Juan; Schweitzer, Frank

In Proceedings of the conference on Collective Intelligence 2012

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Impact of aging on the evolution of cooperation in the spatial prisoner's dilemma game

[2009]
Szolnoki, Attila; Perc, Matjaz; Szabo, Gyoergy; Stark, Hans Ulrich

Physical Review E, pages: 1-7, volume: 80, number: 2

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Critical behaviour in an evolutionary ultimatum game with social structure

[2009]
Eguiluz, Victor M.; Tessone, Claudio Juan

ACS - Advances in Complex Systems, pages: 221-232, volume: 12, number: 2

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Alternating cooperation strategies in a route choice game: Theory, experiments, and effects of a learning scenario

[2008]
Stark, Hans Ulrich; Helbing, Dirk; Schoenhof, Martin; Holyst, Janusz A.

Games, Rationality, and Behaviour

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Efficiency and stability of dynamic innovation networks

[2008]
Koenig, Michael D; Battiston, Stefano; Napoletano, Mauro; Schweitzer, Frank

Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization

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Adaptation of strategies in a spatial IPD

[2003]
Schweitzer, Frank; Mach, Robert ; Muehlenbein, Heinz

7th European Conference on Artificial Life. Workshops and Tutorials

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Evolution of cooperation in a spatial prisoner's dilemma

[2002]
Schweitzer, Frank; Behera, Laxmidhar; Muehlenbein, Heinz

Advances in Complex Systems, pages: 269-299, volume: 5, number: 2-3

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