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Travelers’ types

Authors
Journal
Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization
0167-2681
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
78
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.jebo.2010.12.005
Keywords
  • Traveler'S Dilemma
  • Self-Reports
  • Principal Components
  • Experiments
Disciplines
  • Economics

Abstract

Abstract This paper uses subjects’ diverse self-reported justifications to explain discrepancies between observed heterogeneous behavior and the unique equilibrium prediction in a one-shot traveler's dilemma experiment. Principal components analysis suggests that iterative reasoning, aspiration levels, competitive behavior, attitudes towards risk and penalties and focal points may be behind different choices. Such reasons are coherent with same subjects’ behavior in other tests and experiments in which these particular issues are prominent, and thus, we identify “types” of subjects. Overall, we conclude that subjects’ self-justifications in complex strategic situations contain informational value which may be used to predict behavior in other situations of economic importance.

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