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Individual characteristics and behavior in repeated games: an experimental study

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  • Douglas Davis

    (Virginia Commonwealth University)

  • Asen Ivanov

    () (Queen Mary, University of London)

  • Oleg Korenok

    (Virginia Commonwealth University)

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Abstract Using a laboratory experiment, we investigate whether a variety of behaviors in repeated games are related to an array of individual characteristics that are popular in economics: risk attitude, time preference, trust, trustworthiness, altruism, strategic skills in one-shot matrix games, compliance with first-order stochastic dominance, ability to plan ahead, and gender. We do find some systematic relationships. A subject’s compliance with first-order stochastic dominance as well as, possibly, patience, gender, and altruism have some systematic effects on her behavior in repeated games. At the level of a pair of subjects who are playing a repeated game, each subject’s gender as well as, possibly, patience and ability to choose an available dominant strategy in a one-shot matrix game systematically affect the frequency of the cooperate–cooperate outcome. However, overall, the number of systematic relationships is surprisingly small.

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  • Douglas Davis & Asen Ivanov & Oleg Korenok, 2016. "Individual characteristics and behavior in repeated games: an experimental study," Experimental Economics, Springer;Economic Science Association, vol. 19(1), pages 67-99, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:expeco:v:19:y:2016:i:1:d:10.1007_s10683-014-9427-7
    DOI: 10.1007/s10683-014-9427-7
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    1. Ece Yagman & Malcolm Keswell, 2015. "Accents, Race and Discrimination: Evidence from a Trust Game," SALDRU Working Papers 158, Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit, University of Cape Town.
    2. Eugenio Proto & Aldo Rustichini & Andis Sofianos, 2016. "Intelligence, Personality and Gains from Cooperation in Repeated Interactions," CESifo Working Paper Series 6121, CESifo Group Munich.

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    Keywords

    Experiment; Repeated game; Individual characteristics;

    JEL classification:

    • C91 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Individual Behavior
    • C92 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Group Behavior
    • D03 - Microeconomics - - General - - - Behavioral Microeconomics: Underlying Principles
    • D70 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - General

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