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Response Modes And Coordination In A Traffic Context, An Experimental Comparison Of Chinese And German Participants

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  • THORSTEN CHMURA

    (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Seminar für Wirtschaftstheorie, Ludwigstraße 28, 80539 München, Germany)

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This paper reports results of laboratory experiments about traffic behavior of participants with different cultural backgrounds. We conducted the minority game as an elementary traffic scenario in which human participants of a German and Chinese subject pool had to choose over 100 periods between a road A and a road B. In each period, the road which was chosen by the minority of players won, these participants got a payoff. The payoff in the majority group was 0. An important observation is that the number of road changes of a participant is negatively correlated with her cumulative payoff. The Chinese participants reacted differently to the payoffs of preceding periods than the German participants.

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  • Thorsten Chmura, 2011. "Response Modes And Coordination In A Traffic Context, An Experimental Comparison Of Chinese And German Participants," The Singapore Economic Review (SER), World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd., vol. 56(04), pages 489-501.
  • Handle: RePEc:wsi:serxxx:v:56:y:2011:i:04:n:s0217590811004390
    DOI: 10.1142/S0217590811004390
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    Keywords

    Minority game; laboratory experiments; traffic behavior; cross-cultural experiments; comparison of coordination behavior; C88; C91; C92; C15; D83; R40; R41;
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    JEL classification:

    • C88 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Data Collection and Data Estimation Methodology; Computer Programs - - - Other Computer Software
    • C91 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Individual Behavior
    • C92 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Group Behavior
    • C15 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Statistical Simulation Methods: General
    • D83 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Search; Learning; Information and Knowledge; Communication; Belief; Unawareness
    • R40 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Transportation Economics - - - General
    • R41 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Transportation Economics - - - Transportation: Demand, Supply, and Congestion; Travel Time; Safety and Accidents; Transportation Noise

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