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When envy helps explain coordination

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  • Thierry Vignolo

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    This paper identifies a class of symmetric coordination games in which the presence of envious people helps players to coordinate on a particular strict Nash equilibrium. In these games, the selected equilibrium is always risk-dominant. We also find that envious preferences are evolutionary stable when they lead to Pareto-efficiency.

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    Article provided by AccessEcon in its journal Economics Bulletin.

    Volume (Year): 3 (2005)
    Issue (Month): 12 ()
    Pages: 1-7

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    Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-05c70011

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    Keywords: Envy Coordination games Risk-dominance Evolutionary stability;

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