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08/2009

DEPFID Working Paper 8 / 2009 - Abstract

  

A knowledge based approach to collaboration in basic research

Mauro Caminati

 

This paper suggests a knowledge based approach to the formation of collaboration networks in basic research. Though mainly focused on foundations, it provides the example of a set of knowledge distributions supporting effort allocations that are pairwise equilibria of the collaboration game. These equilibrium outcomes produce a star-like collaboration network. Restrictions yielding the small world property are also specified. A closing remark expands on the knowledge growth maximizing allocation of effort, compared to the allocation produced by private incentives.


KEYWORDS: ideas, knowledge endowment, modularity, collaboration game, pairwise equilibrium, star network, small world.

JEL CLASSIFICATION: D85, O30

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