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Strategy Similarity and Coordination

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  • Rajiv Sarin
  • Farshid Vahid

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In the payoff assessment model of choice ( Sarin and Vahid, 1999), only the assessment of the chosen strategy is updated. We extend that model to allow the agent to also update the assessments of strategies that the agent thinks are similar to the chosen strategy. We use this model to explain observed behaviour in a recent experiment. Statistical tests cannot distinguish between the payoff distributions generated by the model and the observed payoff distributions in almost every period. Copyright 2004 Royal Economic Society.

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  • Rajiv Sarin & Farshid Vahid, 2004. "Strategy Similarity and Coordination," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 114(497), pages 506-527, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:ecj:econjl:v:114:y:2004:i:497:p:506-527
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