Journal article

An option-theoretic model of a reputation network

Kim R Sawyer, Andre F Gygax

JOURNAL OF MATHEMATICAL SOCIOLOGY | TAYLOR & FRANCIS INC | Published : 2019

Abstract

This paper constructs a new theory of social networks based on reputation. The model assumes that reputation is an asset and that individuals connect by buying options on the reputation of others. In networking, individuals construct portfolios of call options to leverage the reputations of others and put options to hedge the connections with others. A network then consists of portfolios of reputation options. The option model confers advantages not present in existing models. First, the payoff to connecting is the payoff on a portfolio of reputation options. Second, the network forms as individuals take option positions; the network evolves as individuals adjust those positions. Third, netw..

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