NetLogo User Community Models
Siste Mafia33, edited 2
by Adrian Ordemann and Benedito Faustinoni Neto. (Submitted: 05/21/2013)
## WHAT IS IT?
This work simulates a market influenced by Mafia. The white agents are the storeowners; the black are the mafious and the blue represents the police ones. The patch is a simplification of the market, where the storeowners can obtain profits or not. When a mafious finds a storeowner, he tries to get money from this. When the police find a mafious, this one must pay a bribe for the police to don't be arrested. This simulation intends to find a way in wich the power of Mafia can be erased by social norms and new values in a community.
## HOW IT WORKS
The endowment-rate slider goes from 0 to 100, and intends to simulate the market context, where 0 is an optimist prediction to the market, in wich is easy to get profits, and 100 represents a market in crisis, where is difficult to get money. This simplification is usefull to understand what happens in a market controlled by Mafia in different economic contexts.
## HOW TO USE IT
The model way of use is simple, with easy commands in the interface.
## THINGS TO NOTICE
The user will see that in a corrupted market, initially the mafia's money increase quickly, but starts to decrease by the exit of storeowners from the market (death of the turtle by loosing profits till less than 0). It means that the effect of Mafia in a market is potentially nocive, in the way that does not spur the join of new agents in this althought the advantage of preferential profits, what suggests that a market cannot develope under this kind of control.
## THINGS TO TRY
Trying to change the signal of the police-power slider and the intensity of the storeowners-thrust-in-govs-ability-to-fight-mafia slider can show the impact of social norms in a population, and represent the importance of the joint work of government, social norms and shifts of values to fight against a parallel power.
## EXTENDING THE MODEL
Maybe introducing concurrence and cooperation among the storeowners could let the maket less simple and more real.
## NETLOGO FEATURES
The model was constructed with simple commands, but as concatenated in a non-trivial way to represent market interactions, that can be considered relatively complex.
## RELATED MODELS
Wolf and Sheep Predation model; Artificial Neural Net model.
## CREDITS AND REFERENCES
Adrian Ordemann; Benedito Faustinoni.
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