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Hide and Seek in Arizona

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  • Robert W. Rosenthal

    (Boston University)

  • Jason Shachat

    (National University of Singapore)

  • Mark Walker

    (University of Arizona)

Abstract

Laboratory subjects repeatedly played one of two variations of a simple two-person zero-sum game of ``hide and seek.'' Three puzzling departures from the prescriptions of equilibrium theory are found in the data: an asymmetry related to the player's role in the game; an asymmetry across the game variations; and positive serial correlation in subjects' play. Possible explanations for these departures are considered.

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Paper provided by EconWPA in its series Experimental with number 0312001.

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Length: 29 pages
Date of creation: 07 Dec 2003
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Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpex:0312001

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Keywords: Minimax; mixed strategy; experiment;

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  4. Jason Shachat & J. Todd Swarthout & Lijia Wei, 2012. "A hidden Markov model for the detection of pure and mixed strategy play in games," Experimental Economics Center Working Paper Series 2012-11, Experimental Economics Center, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University.
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  12. Steven Levitt & John List & David Reiley, 2010. "What happens in the field stays in the field: Professionals do not play minimax in laboratory experiments," Artefactual Field Experiments 00080, The Field Experiments Website.
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