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Review of Network Economics

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Volume 11, Issue 3


Equilibrium Selection in Network Coordination Games: An Experimental Study

Vincenz Frey / Rense Corten / Vincent Buskens
Published Online: 2012-09-12 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/1446-9022.1365


We experimentally study equilibrium selection in repeated coordination games played on networks. We test predictions from three competing theories. In line with payoff-dominance as a deductive selection principle, experienced subjects coordinate on the payoff-dominant (but risk-dominated) equilibrium. Groups of inexperienced subjects reach coordination through adaptive dynamics, with the likelihood of convergence to the payoff-dominant equilibrium not depending on the network structure. Subjects’ reactions to deviations from an established equilibrium challenge the proposition that decision noise favors coordination on the risk-dominant equilibrium.

Keywords: coordination; convention; risk dominance; Pareto-ranked equilibria; network effects; stochastic stability

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Published Online: 2012-09-12

Citation Information: Review of Network Economics, Volume 11, Issue 3, ISSN (Online) 1446-9022, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/1446-9022.1365.

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