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Field centipedes

Palacios-Huerta, Ignacio and Volij, Oscar (2009) Field centipedes. American Economic Review, 99 (4). pp. 1619-1635. ISSN 0002-8282

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Identification Number: 10.1257/aer.99.4.1619


In the centipede game, all standard equilibrium concepts dictate that the player who decides first must stop the game immediately. There is vast experimental evidence, however, that this rarely occurs. We first conduct a field experiment in which highly ranked chess players play this game. Contrary to previous evidence, our results show that 69 percent of chess players stop immediately. When we restrict attention to Grandmasters, this percentage escalates to 100 percent. We then conduct a laboratory experiment in which chess players and students are matched in different treatments. When students play against chess players, the outcome approaches the subgame-perfect equilibrium.

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Additional Information: © 2009 American Economic Association
Divisions: Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2010 09:21
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2023 08:27

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