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When Are Nash Equilibria Self Enforcing ? An Experimental Analysis

  • Clark, K.
  • Kay, S.
  • Sefton, M

We investigate the effect of non-binding pre-play communication in experiments with simple two-player coordination games. We reproduce the results of other studies in which play converges to a Pareto-dominated equilibrium in the absence of communication, and communication moves outcomes in the direction of the Pareto-dominant equilibrium.

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Paper provided by University of Iowa, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 97-04.

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Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: 1997
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Handle: RePEc:uia:iowaec:97-04
Contact details of provider: Postal: University of Iowa, Department of Economics, Henry B. Tippie College of Business, Iowa City, Iowa 52242
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Web page: http://tippie.uiowa.edu/economics/
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