Università degli Studi di Padova

“The social dilemma of stubborness vs. herding in social decisions: a mean field (game) model”

Venerdì 25 Giugno 2021, ore 14:30 - Zoom - Paolo Dai Pra (Università di Verona)


We study a mean field game in continuous time over a finite horizon, T, where the state of each agent is binary and where players base their strategic decisions on two, possibly competing, factors: the willingness to align with the majority (herding) and the aspiration of sticking with the own type (stubbornness). While the corresponding N-player game possesses a unique Nash equilibrium, the mean field game has a variety of equilibria and phase transitions. The large N limit of the unique equilibrium of the N-player game selects one equilibrium of the mean field game; this selection appears to be highly nontrivial and will be discussed mostly on the base of simulations.

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