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Do People Make Strategic Moves? Experimental Evidence on Strategic Information Avoidance

  • Anders U. Poulsen

    (School of Economics, University of East Anglia)

  • Michael V. M. Roos

    (Fakultät für Wirtschaftswissenschaft, Ruhr-Universität Bochum)

The strategic commitment moves that game theory predicts players make may sometimes seem counter-intuitive. We therefore conducted an experiment to see if people make the predicted strategic move. The experiment uses a simple bargaining situation. A player can make a strategic move of committing to not seeing what another player will demand. Our data show that subjects do, but only after substantial time, learn to make the predicted strategic move. We find only weak evidence of physical timing effects.

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Paper provided by University of Copenhagen. Department of Economics in its series Discussion Papers with number 09-06.

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Length: 18 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2009
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Handle: RePEc:kud:kuiedp:0906
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