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Game Harmony: A Behavioral Approach to Predicting Cooperation in Games


Daniel John Zizzo


BENC and Newcastle University Business School, Newcastle University

Jonathan H. W. Tan


Nottingham University Business School

June 2009

Nottingham University Business School Research Paper No. 2009-10

Abstract:     
Game harmony describes how harmonious (non-conflictual) or disharmonious (conflictual) the interests of players are in a game, as embodied in the game’s raw payoffs. It departs from the traditional game-theoretic approach in that it is a non-equilibrium behavioral approach which can be psychologically founded. We experimentally test the predictive power of basic game harmony measures on a variety of well-known 2×2 games and randomly-generated 2×2 and 3×3 generic games. Our findings support its all rounded predictive power. Game harmony provides an alternative tool that is both powerful and parsimonious, as it does not require information on a subject’s degree of rationality, social preferences, beliefs and perceptions.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 34

Keywords: games, game harmony, cooperation, behavioral economics


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Date posted: April 22, 2009 ; Last revised: July 15, 2009

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Zizzo, Daniel John and Tan, Jonathan H. W., Game Harmony: A Behavioral Approach to Predicting Cooperation in Games (June 2009). Nottingham University Business School Research Paper No. 2009-10. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1393294 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1393294

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Daniel John Zizzo
BENC and Newcastle University Business School, Newcastle University ( email )
United Kingdom
Jonathan H. W. Tan (Contact Author)
Nottingham University Business School ( email )
Jubilee Campus
Wollaton Road
Nottingham, NG8 1BB
United Kingdom

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