@inproceedings { sequeira15, abstract = {Several agent-based frameworks have been proposed to in- vestigate the possible reasons that lead humans to act in the interest of others while giving up individual gains. In this paper we propose a novel framework for analyzing this phenomenon based on the notions of social importance and local discrimination. We propose a “favors game”, where a recipient agent can “claim” a favor to a donor agent, which may in turn “confer” its request at the expense of a certain cost. The proposed framework allows us to study the conditions under which cooperation occurs and the dynamics of the relationships formed within a population.}, address = {Istanbul, Turkey}, booktitle = {Proceedings of the 2015 International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems}, keywords = {Game Theory;Multi-Agent Societies;}, month = {May}, pages = {1899--1900}, series = {AAMAS 2015}, title = {The “Favors Game”: A Framework to Study the Emergence of Cooperation through Social Importance ( Extended Abstract )}, year = {2015}, author = {Pedro Sequeira and Samuel Mascarenhas and Francisco S. Melo and Ana Paiva} }