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A Beautiful Blonde: a Nash coordination game

Simon Anderson () and Maxim Engers

Virginia Economics Online Papers from University of Virginia, Department of Economics

Abstract: In a memorable scene from the …lm ”A Beautiful Mind,” John Nash explains to his friends how to direct their attentions to women in a bar. Game theorists who have seen the …lm point out that the proposed solution is not a Nash equilibrium. Here we determine the Nash equilibria to the attention game. The symmetric mixed strategy equilibrium has resembles a common property resource problem. It has perverse comparative static properties that are not borne out by experimental data. Finally, we discuss alternative ways of formulating the game.

Keywords: coordination; Nash equilibrium; mixed strategy equilibrium; common property resource problem; comparative statics. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 12 pages
Date: 2002-07
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