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A Correction and Re-Examination of "Stationary Concepts for Experimental 2 x 2 Games"

Brunner, Christoph and Camerer, Colin F. and Goeree, Jacob K. (2009) A Correction and Re-Examination of "Stationary Concepts for Experimental 2 x 2 Games". Working paper series (Institute for Empirical Research in Economics), 437. Institute for Empirical Research in Economics , Zurich.

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Reinhard Selten and Thorsten Chmura (2008) recently reported laboratory results for completely mixed 2 x 2 games used to compare Nash equilibrium with four other stationary concepts: quantal response equilibrium, action-sampling equilibrium, payoff-sampling equilibrium, and impulse balance equilibrium. We reanalyze their data, correct some errors, and find that Nash clearly fits worst while the four other concepts perform about equally well. We also report new analysis of other previous experiments that illustrate the importance of the loss aversion hardwired into impulse balance equilibrium: when the other non-Nash concepts are augmented with loss aversion, they outperform impulse balance equilibrium.

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Camerer, Colin F.0000-0003-4049-1871
Goeree, Jacob K.0000-0001-9876-3425
Additional Information:We would like to thank participants at the Economic Science Association meetings in Tucson (November, 2008) for valuable feedback. We gratefully acknowledge financial support from the National Science Foundation (SES 0551014), the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and the European Research Council (ERC Advanced grant, ESEI-249433).
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Gordon and Betty Moore FoundationUNSPECIFIED
European Research Council (ERC)ESEI-249433
Subject Keywords:stationary concepts, quantal response, action-sampling, payoff-sampling, impulse balance
Series Name:Working paper series (Institute for Empirical Research in Economics)
Issue or Number:437
Classification Code:JEL: C70, C91
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Deposited By: Katherine Johnson
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