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Mate Choice Mechanism for Solving a Quasi-Dilemma

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  • Tatsuyoshi Saijo

    (Research Center for Social Design Engineering, Kochi University of Technology)

  • Junyi Shen

    (Research Institute for Economics & Business Administration (RIEB), Kobe University, Japan)

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Saijo, Okano, and Yamakawa (2014) showed that the mate choice mechanism for a symmetric prisoner's dilemma (PD) game implements cooperation in backward elimination of weakly dominated strategies (BEWDS), and it attained almost full cooperation in their experiment. First, this study shows that the mechanism works well in the class of quasi-dilemma (QD) games such as asymmetric PD games and coordination games. Second, the class of BEWDS- implementable games is exactly the same as the class of QD games. Third, the mechanism cannot implement cooperation in a subgame perfect equilibrium. Finally, we confirm that the mate choice mechanism works well experimentally for an asymmetric PD game.

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  • Tatsuyoshi Saijo & Junyi Shen, 2015. "Mate Choice Mechanism for Solving a Quasi-Dilemma," Discussion Paper Series DP2015-34, Research Institute for Economics & Business Administration, Kobe University.
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    1. Tatsuyoshi Saijo, 2019. "Second thoughts of social dilemma in mechanism design," Working Papers SDES-2019-6, Kochi University of Technology, School of Economics and Management, revised Jun 2019.
    2. repec:spr:sochwe:v:51:y:2018:i:1:d:10.1007_s00355-017-1107-z is not listed on IDEAS
    3. Tatsuyoshi Saijo & Takehito Masuda & Takafumi Yamakawa, "undated". "Approval Mechanism to Solve Prisoner’s Dilemma: Comparison with Varian’s Compensation Mechanism," Working Papers SDES-2016-15, Kochi University of Technology, School of Economics and Management.

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    • C72 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Noncooperative Games
    • C92 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Group Behavior
    • D74 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Conflict; Conflict Resolution; Alliances; Revolutions
    • P43 - Economic Systems - - Other Economic Systems - - - Finance; Public Finance

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