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Extrapolation and structural similarity in games

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  • Mengel, Friederike
  • Sciubba, Emanuela

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We conduct a laboratory experiment and provide evidence of learning spillovers within and across equivalence classes of “structurally similar” games. These spillovers are inconsistent with existing theories of learning in games.

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  • Mengel, Friederike & Sciubba, Emanuela, 2014. "Extrapolation and structural similarity in games," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 125(3), pages 381-385.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:125:y:2014:i:3:p:381-385
    DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2014.10.015
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    Keywords

    Game theory; Learning; Extrapolation; Similarity; Experiments;
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    JEL classification:

    • C72 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Noncooperative Games
    • C91 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Individual Behavior

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