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Preferences-dependent learning in the Centipede game

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  • Astrid, Gamba
  • Tobias, Regner

We study experimentally whether heterogeneity of behavior in the Centipede game can be interpreted as the result of a learning process of individuals with different preference types (more and less pro-social) and coarse information regarding the opponent's past behavior. We manipulate the quality of information feedbacks provided after each play. If subjects rely only on their personal database, long run behavior resembles a Self-confirming equilibrium whereby less pro-social types take at earlier nodes due to prediction errors. Aggregate information release decreases heterogeneity of behavior by increasing the passing rates of pro-selfs and play moves towards Bayesian Nash equilibrium.

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Paper provided by University of Milano-Bicocca, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 311.

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Length: 52
Date of creation: 29 Oct 2015
Date of revision: 29 Oct 2015
Handle: RePEc:mib:wpaper:311
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  4. Gamba, Astrid, 2013. "Learning and evolution of altruistic preferences in the Centipede Game," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 85(C), pages 112-117.
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