Profiling Players in Dynamic Games: A Mobile Experiment

28 Pages Posted: 14 Jun 2019

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Konrad Grabiszewski

Mohammad bin Salman College

Alex R. Horenstein

University of Miami - School of Business Administration - Department of Economics

Date Written: June 2, 2019

Abstract

This article has two distinct objectives. The first objective is to explore what mobile technology has to offer for experimental research. To that end, a team of app developers was recruited to create Blues and Reds, a mobile app (Android/iOS) that operates as an experiment designed to study behavior in dynamic games. In less than six months, the app generated a database consisting of 35,826 observations from 6,463 subjects located in 141 countries. The second objective is to design and test a novel method of profiling players in dynamic games using data from Blues and Reds that satisfies both descriptive and predictive requirements. To describe the reasoning process in dynamic games, a profile consists of two dimensions. The first dimension depicts the quality of the subject’s reasoning (savvy vs naive); the second dimension captures the speed of that reasoning (fast vs slow). Predictive power requires that the subject’s profile indicates her likelihood to behave consistently with backward induction. The proposed hypothesis is that this probability is the highest for savvy-fast profile, followed by savvy-slow, then naive-fast, and naive-slow at the end. This hypothesis is successfully confirmed and replicated in 22 various dynamic games.

Keywords: dynamic games, profiling, experimental game theory, mobile experiment

JEL Classification: C72, C73, C99

Suggested Citation

Grabiszewski, Konrad and Horenstein, Alex R., Profiling Players in Dynamic Games: A Mobile Experiment (June 2, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3397768 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3397768

Konrad Grabiszewski

Mohammad bin Salman College ( email )

KAEC
Saudi Arabia

Alex R. Horenstein (Contact Author)

University of Miami - School of Business Administration - Department of Economics ( email )

P.O. Box 248126
Coral Gables, FL 33124-6550
United States

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