Social Choice and Welfare

, Volume 32, Issue 3, pp 389–406

Membership rules and stability of coalition structures in positive externality games

Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s00355-008-0330-z

Cite this article as:
Finus, M. & Rundshagen, B. Soc Choice Welf (2009) 32: 389. doi:10.1007/s00355-008-0330-z


This paper compares the stability of coalition structures under six institutional settings of treaty formation in positive externality games. We argue that many economic problems belong to the class of positive externality games (i.e. outsiders benefit from the formation of coalitions) and hence our results can be applied to many situations. It is shown that it is easier to sustain agreements under exclusive than under open membership and the higher the “degree of consensus” necessary to form a coalition.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EconomicsUniversity of StirlingStirlingScotland, UK
  2. 2.Department of EconomicsUniversity of HagenHagenGermany

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