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On the Effects of Group Identity in Strategic Environments

Chloe Le Coq (), James Tremewan and Alexander Wagner
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Chloe Le Coq: Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics, Postal: Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics, Stockholm School of Economics, P.O. Box 6501, SE-113 83 Stockholm, Sweden

No 24, SITE Working Paper Series from Stockholm School of Economics, Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics

Abstract: We examine differences in behavior between subjects interacting with a member of either the same or different identity group in both a centipede game and a series of stag hunt games. We find evidence that subjects interacting with outgroup members are more likely to behave as though best-responding to uniform randomization of the partner. We conclude that group identity not only affects a player's social preferences, as identified in earlier research, but also affects the decision making process, independent of changes in the utility function.

Keywords: Group identity; centipede game; steg hunt game; experiment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C72 C91 C92 D83 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 34 pages
Date: 2013-09-30, Revised 2014-10-10
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cbe, nep-cdm, nep-exp, nep-gth, nep-neu and nep-upt
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