Transfers and Resilience in Economic Networks

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Abstract

We study how decentralized transfers, originated by a selfish motive to preserve direct links, affect the resilience of a network against a shock. Well-off agents transfer resources to other agents in order to prevent the shock from reaching their neighbors. We show that the connectivity of a well-defined portion of the network, specifically, the propagation network, determines the resilience of the entire network. We also show how, although transfers are allocated to a subset of agents, the resilience effect of these transfers is amplified. Lastly, we show that the wealth distribution impacts resilience by determining the incentives of the agents to transfers resources.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-126
Number of pages50
JournalB.E. Journal of Theoretical Economics
Volume24
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2024
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • cascade effects
  • networks
  • resilience
  • transfers

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