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Cooperation Spillovers in Coordination Games

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  • Timothy N. Cason

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    (Department of Economics, Krannert School of Management, Purdue University)

  • Anya Savikhin

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    (The University of Chicago)

  • Roman M. Sheremeta

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    (Argyros School of Business and Economics, Chapman University)

Abstract

Motivated by problems of coordination failure observed in weak-link games, we experimentally investigate behavioral spillovers for order-statistic coordination games. Subjects play the minimum- and median-effort coordination games simultaneously and sequentially. The results show the precedent for cooperative behavior spills over from the median game to the minimum game when the games are played sequentially. Moreover, spillover occurs even when group composition changes, although the effect is not as strong. We also find that the precedent for uncooperative behavior does not spill over from the minimum game to the median game. These findings suggest guidelines for increasing cooperative behavior within organizations.

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Paper provided by Chapman University, Economic Science Institute in its series Working Papers with number 09-06.

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Length: 30 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2009
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Handle: RePEc:chu:wpaper:09-06

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Keywords: coordination; order-statistic games; experiments; cooperation; minimum game; behavioral spillover;

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Cited by:
  1. David L. Dickinson, 2007. "Cognitive Dissonance, Pessimism, and Behavioral Spillover Effects," Working Papers 2007-09, Department of Economics, University of Calgary, revised 26 Oct 2007.
  2. Bednar, Jenna & Chen, Yan & Liu, Tracy Xiao & Page, Scott, 2012. "Behavioral spillovers and cognitive load in multiple games: An experimental study," Games and Economic Behavior, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 74(1), pages 12-31.
  3. Lisa Bruttel & Tim Friehe, 2011. "Path dependence in public-good games," TWI Research Paper Series 67, Thurgauer Wirtschaftsinstitut, Universit├Ąt Konstanz.

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