Profiling strategic decision-makers

50 Pages Posted: 14 Jun 2019 Last revised: 10 Mar 2021

See all articles by Konrad Grabiszewski

Konrad Grabiszewski

Mohammad bin Salman College

Alex R. Horenstein

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

Date Written: March 10, 2021


From CEOs confronting competition to children playing board games, our professional and personal lives are full of strategic decisions. Naturally, while playing the role of a strategist, people differ. To comprehend and analyze how they differ, first it is necessary to construct a profiling method that classifies strategic decision makers. Developing such a method is the main objective of our article. We follow the game-theoretic perspective, which equates strategizing with backward inducting in dynamic games. We rely on response times to construct the profiles. Our method has both descriptive power and predictive power: a subject’s profile resembles her strategic reasoning process and forecasts the likelihood of her correctly backward inducting. To test the proposed profiling method, we use data generated by 22 different finite dynamic games from the mobile app Blues and Reds. Our sample consists of 35,826 observations from 6,463 subjects located in 141 countries. We construct the profiles of our subjects, and, in a variety of exercises supported by an array of robustness checks, we successfully establish the predictive power of our profiling method.

Keywords: profiling, strategy, game theory, experimental economics, mobile experiment

JEL Classification: C72, C73, C99

Suggested Citation

Grabiszewski, Konrad and Horenstein, Alex R., Profiling strategic decision-makers (March 10, 2021). Available at SSRN: or

Konrad Grabiszewski

Mohammad bin Salman College ( email )

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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