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Forward Induction in the Battle of Sexes Games

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  • Cooper, R.
  • DeJong, D.V.
  • Forsythe, R.

    () (University of Iowa)

  • Ross, T.W.

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This paper provides experimental evidence on forward induction as a refinement criterion. In the basic extensive form, one of the two players chooses to play a battle-of-the-sexes game or to receive a certain payoff. According to forward induction, choosing to play the game is a signal about intended action. Though the presence of the outside option changes play, the authors find only limited support for the forward-induction hypothesis. The effects of the outside option also reflect the creation of a focal point through the asymmetry created by offering the outside option to one of the two players. Copyright 1993 by American Economic Association.
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  • Cooper, R. & DeJong, D.V. & Forsythe, R. & Ross, T.W., 1991. "Forward Induction in the Battle of Sexes Games," Working Papers 91-19, University of Iowa, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:uia:iowaec:91-19
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