Leading to efficient coordination: Individual traits, beliefs and choices in the minimum effort game

Feri, Francesco, Gantner, Anita, Moffatt, Peter G. and Erharter, Dominik (2022) Leading to efficient coordination: Individual traits, beliefs and choices in the minimum effort game. Games and Economic Behavior, 136. pp. 403-427. ISSN 0899-8256

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We consider data from an experiment on the minimum-effort game, repeated over many periods. In each play of the game, each player's belief about the minimum-effort of other players in the group is elicited, in addition to the player's chosen effort level. We find that many agents choose effort levels systematically exceeding their beliefs of others' effort levels. We explain this in terms of such subjects taking the role of “leader” in an attempt to pull the group towards more efficient outcomes. We find that the propensity for leaders to emerge depends on individual traits such as trustfulness and cognitive ability. Furthermore, moving to a superior equilibrium is more likely under certain design features such as conditions relating to the cost of effort and the amount of information available to players.

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Additional Information: Funding Information: Financial support from the University of Innsbruck (Forschungsförderung) is gratefully acknowledged.
Uncontrolled Keywords: coordination,learning in games,heterogeneity,experiments,economics and econometrics,finance ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2000/2002
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Economics
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Research Centres > Norwich Institute for Healthy Aging
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Behavioural Economics
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Applied Econometrics And Finance
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Centres > Centre for Behavioural and Experimental Social Sciences
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Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2022 11:33
Last Modified: 19 Apr 2023 01:15
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/89081
DOI: 10.1016/j.geb.2022.10.003


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