Measuring Players' Losses in Experimental Games
AbstractIn some experiments rational players who understand the structure of the game could improve their payoff. We bound the size of the observed losses in several such experiments. To do this, we suppose that observed play resembles an equilibrium because players learn about their opponents' play. Consequently, in an extensive-form game, some actions that are not optimal given the true distribution of opponents' play could be optimal given available information. We find that average losses are small: $0.03 to $0.64 per player with stakes between $2 and $30. In one of the three experiments we examine, this also implies a narrow range of outcome.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Harvard University Department of Economics in its series Scholarly Articles with number 3160492.
Date of creation: 1997
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