The focality of dominated compromises in tacit coordination situations: Experimental evidence

Zoë Bett (Lead Author), Anders Poulsen, Odile Poulsen

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We experimentally investigate if subjects in a tacit coordination situation with a conflict of interest tend to choose an equal compromise, even if it is strictly dominated. The data show that this is the case, as long as the compromise payoffs are not too low. Game comparisons suggest that choosing a dominated compromise is a focal point that allows subjects to avoid a costly coordination failure.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-34
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics
Early online date21 Dec 2015
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2016


  • Coordination
  • equality
  • efficiency
  • focal point
  • level-k model
  • inequity aversion

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