Cooperation, Mimesis, and Local Interaction

Ilan Eshel, Tel Aviv University
Dorothea K Herreiner, University of Bonn
Larry Samuelson, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Emilia Sansone, University of Naples
Avner Shaked, University of Bonn

In a population with a local interaction structure, where individuals interact with their neighbors and learning is by way of imitating a successful neighbor, cooperation is shown to be a stable strategy that cannot easily be eliminated from the population.

Published: Sociological Methods & Research, Vol. 28 No. 3, February 2002, 341-364.