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American Economic Review: Vol. 91 No. 5 (December 2001)

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Ten Little Treasures of Game Theory and Ten Intuitive Contradictions

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Goeree, Jacob K., and Charles A. Holt. 2001. "Ten Little Treasures of Game Theory and Ten Intuitive Contradictions." American Economic Review, 91(5): 1402-1422.

DOI: 10.1257/aer.91.5.1402

Abstract

This paper reports laboratory data for games that are played only once. These games span the standard categories: static and dynamic games with complete and incomplete information. For each game, the treasure is a treatment in which behavior conforms nicely to predictions of the Nash equilibrium or relevant refinement. In each case, however, a change in the payoff structure produces a large inconsistency between theoretical predictions and observed behavior. These contradictions are generally consistent with simple intuition based on the interaction of payoff asymmetries and noisy introspection about others' decisions.

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Goeree, Jacob K. (U VA and U Amsterdam)
Holt, Charles A. (U VA)

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C70: Game Theory and Bargaining Theory: General


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