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Cooperation in Experimental Games of Strategic Complements and Substitutes

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  • Potters, J.J.M.
  • Suetens, S.

    (Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research)

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Results are reported of a laboratory experiment aimed at examining whether strategic substitutability and strategic complementarity have an impact on the tendency to cooperate in two-player dominancesolvable games with a Pareto-inefficient Nash equilibrium.We find that there is significantly more cooperation when actions exhibit strategic complementarities than in case of strategic substitutes.

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Paper provided by Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research in its series Discussion Paper with number 2006-48.

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Keywords: experiments; cooperation; strategic substitutes and complements; externalities;

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