Economics at your fingertips  

Strategic Sophistication of Adolescents: Evidence from Experimental Normal-Form Games

Simon Czermak (), Francesco Feri (), Daniela Glätzle-Rützler () and Matthias Sutter ()
Additional contact information
Simon Czermak: University of Innsbruck
Francesco Feri: University of Innsbruck

No 5049, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: We examine the strategic sophistication of adolescents, aged 10 to 17 years, in experimental normal-form games. Besides making choices, subjects have to state their first- and second-order beliefs. We find that choices are more often a best reply to beliefs if any player has a dominant strategy and equilibrium payoffs are not too unequal. Using a mixture model we can estimate for each subject the probability to be any of eight different strategic and non-strategic types. The econometric estimation reveals that older subjects are more likely to eliminate dominated strategies, and that subjects with good math grades are more strategic.

Keywords: strategic thinking; beliefs; experiment; age; adolescents (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C72 C91 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 41 pages
Date: 2010-07
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (3) Track citations by RSS feed

Published in: Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 2016, 128, 265-285.

Downloads: (external link) (application/pdf)

Related works:
Working Paper: Strategic sophistication of adolescents ? Evidence from experimental normal-form games (2010) Downloads
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link:

Ordering information: This working paper can be ordered from
IZA, Margard Ody, P.O. Box 7240, D-53072 Bonn, Germany

Access Statistics for this paper

More papers in IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA) IZA, P.O. Box 7240, D-53072 Bonn, Germany. Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Holger Hinte ().

Page updated 2021-10-21
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp5049