THUNK – 50. Settlers of Catan & Social Capital

How do allied players in Settlers of Catan always come out ahead? I’ll trade two sheep for some social capital.

-Links for the Curious-

A great summary of what social capital is & how it affects societies – www.bettertogether.org/socialcapital.htm

An interesting study about the ultimatum game in several different societies, which notes a high correlation between social capital in a society & more equality in the split – samoa.santafe.edu/media/workingpapers/01-01-007.pdf

“Using Experimental Economics to Measure Social Capital and Predict Financial Decisions” from the American Economic Review – karlan.yale.edu/p/gamespaper.pdf

A paper on the evolutionary advantage granted to social animals with altruistic behavior – ggsc-web02.ist.berkeley.edu/images/uploads/Trivers-EvolutionReciprocalAltruism.pdf

Just for fun, a paper on reinforcement strategies for AI playing Settlers of Catan. The AI’s get pretty good, but just can’t match a skilled human settler – eprints.pascal-network.org/archive/00000425/01/LAG-37_pfeiffer_2004.pdf

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