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The Framing of Games and the Psychology of Play

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  • Martin Dufwenberg

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  • Simon Gaechter

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  • Heike Hennig-Schmidt

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Psychological game theory can provide rational-choice-based framing effects; frames influence beliefs, beliefs influence motivations. We explain this theoretically and explore empirical relevance experimentally. In a 2×2 design of one-shot public good games we show that frames affect subject’s first- and second-order beliefs, and contributions. From a psychological gametheoretic framework we derive two mutually compatible hypotheses about guilt aversion and reciprocity under which contributions are related to second- and first-order beliefs, respectively. Our results are consistent with either.

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Paper provided by University of Bonn, Germany in its series Bonn Econ Discussion Papers with number bgse15_2010.

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Date of creation: Sep 2010
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Keywords: framing; psychological game theory; guilt aversion; reciprocity; public good games; voluntary cooperation;

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