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Strategic Sophistication of Individuals and Teams in Experimental Normal-Form Games

  • Sutter, Matthias

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    (Department of Economics, School of Business, Economics and Law, Göteborg University)

  • Czermak, Simon

    (Department of Public Finance, University of Innsbruck)

  • Feri, Francesco

    (Department of Public Finance, University of Innsbruck)

We present an experiment on strategic thinking and behavior of individuals and teams in oneshot normal-form games. Besides making choices, decision makers have to state their firstand second-order beliefs. We find that teams play the Nash strategy significantly more often, and their choices are more often consistent by being a best reply to first order beliefs. We identify the complexity of a game and the payoffs in equilibrium as determining the likelihood of consistent behavior according to textbook rationality. Using a mixture model, the estimated probability to play strategically is 62% for teams, but only 40% for individuals.

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Paper provided by University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers in Economics with number 430.

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Length: 56 pages
Date of creation: 01 Feb 2010
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:gunwpe:0430
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