Teaching Nash Equilibrium and Dominance: A Classroom Experiment on the Beauty Contest
AbstractThe aim of this investigation is to show how the use of classroom experiments may be a good pedagogical tool to teach the Nash equilibrium (NE) concept. For our purposes, the basic game is a repeated version of the Beauty Contest Game (BCG), a simple guessing game in which repetition lets students react to other players’ choices and converge iteratively to the equilibrium solution. We perform this experiment with undergraduate students with no previous training in game theory. After four rounds, we observe a clear decreasing tendency in the average submitted number in all groups. Thus, our findings prove that by playing a repeated BCG, students quickly learn how to reach the NE solution.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Institute for Social Syudies of Andalusia - Higher Council for Scientific Research in its series IESA Working Papers Series with number 0413.
Length: 40 pages
Date of creation: 2004
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Classroom Experiments; Beauty Contest Game; Teaching; Nash Equilibrium;
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- Virtudes Alba Fernández & Pablo Brañas Garza & Francisca Jiménez Jiménez & Javier Rodero Cosano, 2003. "Teaching Nash Equilibrium and Strategy Dominance: A Classroom Experiment on the Beauty Contest," Economic Working Papers at Centro de Estudios Andaluces E2003/47, Centro de Estudios Andaluces.
- A22 - General Economics and Teaching - - Economic Education and Teaching of Economics - - - Undergraduate
- C99 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Other
- D83 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Search, Learning, and Information
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- NEP-HPE-2004-09-12 (History & Philosophy of Economics)
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