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Title: Coordination when there are restricted and unrestricted options
Authors: Hargreaves Heap, Shaun P.
Rojo Arjona, David
Sugden, Robert
First Published: 7-Feb-2017
Publisher: Springer Verlag (Germany)
Abstract: One might expect that, in pure coordination games, coordination would become less frequent as the number of options increases. Contrary to this expectation, we report an experiment which found more frequent coordination when the option set was unrestricted than when it was restricted. To try to explain this result, we develop a method for eliciting the general rules that subjects use to identify salient options in restricted and unrestricted sets. We find that each such rule, if used by all subjects, would generate greater coordination in restricted sets. However, subjects tend to apply different rules to restricted and unrestricted sets.
DOI Link: 10.1007/s11238-017-9589-9
ISSN: 0040-5833
eISSN: 1573-7187
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © the authors, 2017. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Description: The online version of this article (doi:10.1007/s11238-017-9589-9) contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.
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