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A Beautiful Blonde: a Nash coordination game

  • Simon P. Anderson

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  • Maxim Engers

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In a memorable scene from the …lm ”A Beautiful Mind,” John Nash explains to his friends how to direct their attentions to women in a bar. Game theorists who have seen the …lm point out that the proposed solution is not a Nash equilibrium. Here we determine the Nash equilibria to the attention game. The symmetric mixed strategy equilibrium has resembles a common property resource problem. It has perverse comparative static properties that are not borne out by experimental data. Finally, we discuss alternative ways of formulating the game.

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Paper provided by University of Virginia, Department of Economics in its series Virginia Economics Online Papers with number 359.

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Length: 12 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2002
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Handle: RePEc:vir:virpap:359
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  1. Jacob K. Goeree & Charles A. Holt, 2000. "Ten Little Treasures of Game Theory and Ten Intuitive Contradictions," Virginia Economics Online Papers 333, University of Virginia, Department of Economics.
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