Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/56825
Authors: 
Chmura, Thorsten
Güth, Werner
Pitz, Thomas
Ziegelmeyer, Anthony
Year of Publication: 
2010
Series/Report no.: 
Jena economic research papers 2010,071
Abstract: 
We report experimental and theoretical results on the minority of three-game where three players have to choose one of two alternatives independently and the most rewarding alternative is the one chosen by a single player. This coordination game has many asymmetric equilibria in pure strategies that are non strict and payoff-asymmetric, and a unique symmetric mixed strategy equilibrium in which each player's behavior is based on the toss of a fair coin. We show that such a straightforward behavior is predicted by Harsanyi and Selten's (1988) equilibrium selection theory as well as alternative solution concepts like impulse balance equilibrium and sampling equilibrium. Our results indicate that participants rely on various decision rules, and that only a quarter of them decide according to the toss of a fair coin. Reinforcement learning is the most successful decision rule as it describes best the behavior of about a third of our participants.
Subjects: 
coordination
minority game
mixed strategy
learning models
experiments
JEL: 
C72
C91
D83
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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