Stable Economic Cooperation: A Relational Approach

R.P. Gilles, E.A. Lazarova, P.H.M. Ruys

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We consider a relational economy in which economic agents participate in three types of relational economic activities: autarkic activities; binary matching activities; and plural cooperative activities. We introduce a stability notion and characterize stable interaction structures, both in the absence of externalities from cooperation as well as in the presence of size-based externalities. It is shown that institutional elements such as the emergence of socio-economic roles and organizations based on hierarchical leadership structures support and promote stable economic development.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationTilburg
Number of pages47
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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  • Cooperatives
  • Networks
  • Clubs
  • Relational economies
  • Stable matchings


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