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Discrete Dynamics in Nature and Society
Volume 2, Issue 3, Pages 209-213

Morphogenesis of an institution on a lattice game

1Department of Economics, University of Bologna, Piazza Scaravilli 2, Bologna 40126, Italy
2Department of Economics, University of Rome, Rome, Italy

Received 2 February 1998

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In this paper we study the morphogenesis of an institution when local social interactions are taken into account. The structure we obtain has characteristics of “self-organized criticality”. After a transient period the system self-organizes into a configuration which is compatible with a high degree of differentiation among different sites and generates typical power laws.