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Teaching the Repeated Prisoner's Dilemma With a Computerized Tournament


  • Carsten Lange
  • Amy L. Baylor


The authors present a constructivist approach for teaching game theory, on the basis, in part, of Axelrod's research approach. Using the Axelrod tournament multi-user system (ATMUS) software, students create strategies for a repeated prisoner's dilemma (RPD). Later, these strategies are matched with those of their classmates' in a classroom tournament while the instructor interactively and graphically demonstrates the behavior of the strategies. A two- to three-week instructional implementation strategy is provided to highlight effective use of the ATMUS software, according to constructivist learning principles, to ensure that students are engaged in critical thinking regarding RPD.

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  • Carsten Lange & Amy L. Baylor, 2007. "Teaching the Repeated Prisoner's Dilemma With a Computerized Tournament," The Journal of Economic Education, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 38(4), pages 407-418, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jeduce:v:38:y:2007:i:4:p:407-418
    DOI: 10.3200/JECE.38.4.407-418

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