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The miracle as a randomization device: A lesson from Richard Wagner's romantic opera Tannhäuser und der Sängerkrieg auf Wartburg

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  • Harmgart, Heike
  • Huck, Steffen
  • Müller, Wieland

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In this paper we examine the strategic savviness of the medieval church as portrayed in Richard Wagner's Tannhäuser. We show that the church employed an optimal randomization strategy based on arguments of dominance or trembling-hand perfection. Particular attention is paid to the employed randomization device.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 102 (2009)
Issue (Month): 1 (January)
Pages: 33-35

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:102:y:2009:i:1:p:33-35

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Keywords: Crime and punishment Sins and absolution Richard Wagner Tannhäuser Trembling-hand perfection Optimal randomization;

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  1. Crettez, Bertrand & Deloche, Régis, 2013. "On experimental economics and the comparison between the last two versions of Molière's Tartuffe," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 87(C), pages 66-72.

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