Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/110182
Authors: 
Bjedov, Tjaša
Madiès, Thierry
Villeval, Marie Claire
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 8953
Abstract: 
We study the impact of communication on behavior in a two-stage coordination game with asymmetric payoffs. We test experimentally whether individuals can avoid a head-to-head confrontation by means of coordinated strategies. In particular we analyze whether and how quickly a conflict-avoidance take-turn strategy can emerge. First, our results show that players learn to solve the conflict by choosing opposite options at both stages of the game. Second, many adopt a take-turn strategy to sustain coordination over time and alleviate the inequality induced by the asymmetry of payoffs. Third, communication increases the likelihood of conflict resolution even when a single pair member has the right to communicate.
Subjects: 
coordination
communication
turn taking
conflict
experiment
JEL: 
C91
D74
L15
H71
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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