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Educação Matemática Debate     Open Access  
Edumatica : Jurnal Pendidikan Matematika     Open Access  
EduMatSains     Open Access  
Electronic Journal of Differential Equations     Open Access  
Electronic Journal of Graph Theory and Applications     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Em Teia : Revista de Educação Matemática e Tecnológica Iberoamericana     Open Access  
Emergent Scientist     Open Access  
Energy for Sustainable Development     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Enseñanza de las Ciencias : Revista de Investigación y Experiencias Didácticas     Open Access  
Entropy     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
ESAIM: Control Optimisation and Calculus of Variations     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Euclid     Open Access  
European Journal of Applied Mathematics     Hybrid Journal  
European Journal of Combinatorics     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
European Journal of Mathematics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
European Scientific Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Examples and Counterexamples     Open Access  
Experimental Mathematics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Expositiones Mathematicae     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Extracta Mathematicae     Open Access  
Facta Universitatis, Series : Mathematics and Informatics     Open Access  
Finite Fields and Their Applications     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Fixed Point Theory and Applications     Open Access  
Formalized Mathematics     Open Access  
Forum of Mathematics, Pi     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Forum of Mathematics, Sigma     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Foundations and Trends® in Econometrics     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Foundations and Trends® in Networking     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Foundations and Trends® in Stochastic Systems     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Foundations and Trends® in Theoretical Computer Science     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Foundations of Computational Mathematics     Hybrid Journal  
Fractal and Fractional     Open Access  
Fractals     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Frontiers of Mathematics in China     Hybrid Journal  
Fuel Cells Bulletin     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 9)
Functional Analysis and Other Mathematics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Fundamental Journal of Mathematics and Applications     Open Access  
Funktsional'nyi Analiz i ego Prilozheniya     Full-text available via subscription  
Fuzzy Optimization and Decision Making     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Game Theory     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Games     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Games and Economic Behavior     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 26)
Gamm - Mitteilungen     Hybrid Journal  
GANIT : Journal of Bangladesh Mathematical Society     Open Access  
GEM - International Journal on Geomathematics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
General Mathematics     Open Access  
Glasgow Mathematical Journal     Full-text available via subscription  
Global Journal of Mathematical Sciences     Full-text available via subscription  
Graphs and Combinatorics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Grey Systems : Theory and Application     Hybrid Journal  
Groups, Complexity, Cryptology     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
GSTF Journal of Mathematics, Statistics and Operations Research     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Historia Mathematica     Full-text available via subscription  
Historical Methods: A Journal of Quantitative and Interdisciplinary History     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 28)
IMA Journal of Applied Mathematics     Hybrid Journal  
IMA Journal of Numerical Analysis - advance access     Hybrid Journal  
ImmunoInformatics     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Indagationes Mathematicae     Open Access  
Indian Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Indonesian Journal of Combinatorics     Open Access  
Indonesian Journal of Science and Mathematics Education     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Infinite Dimensional Analysis, Quantum Probability and Related Topics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Infinity Jurnal Matematika dan Aplikasinya     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Information and Inference     Free  
InfoTekJar : Jurnal Nasional Informatika dan Teknologi Jaringan     Open Access  
InfraMatics     Open Access  
Insight - Non-Destructive Testing and Condition Monitoring     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 114)
International Electronic Journal of Algebra     Open Access  
International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 37)
International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 20)
International Journal of Advanced Mathematical Sciences     Open Access  
International Journal of Advanced Mechatronic Systems     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
International Journal of Advanced Research in Mathematics     Open Access  
International Journal of Advances in Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
International Journal of Algebra and Computation     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
International Journal of Algebra and Statistics     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
International Journal of Applied and Computational Mathematics     Hybrid Journal  
International Journal of Applied Mathematical Research     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
International Journal of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
International Journal of Applied Mechanics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
International Journal of Applied Nonlinear Science     Hybrid Journal  
International Journal of Autonomic Computing     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
International Journal of Bifurcation and Chaos     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
International Journal of Biomathematics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
International Journal of Computational Complexity and Intelligent Algorithms     Hybrid Journal  
International Journal of Computational Economics and Econometrics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
International Journal of Computational Geometry and Applications     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
International Journal of Computational Intelligence and Applications     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
International Journal of Computational Methods     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
International Journal of Computer Processing Of Languages     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
International Journal of Control, Automation and Systems     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
International Journal of Dynamical Systems and Differential Equations     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
International Journal of Economics and Accounting     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
International Journal of Foundations of Computer Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
International Journal of Fuzzy Computation and Modelling     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
International Journal of Image and Graphics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
International Journal of Industrial Electronics and Drives     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
International Journal of Low-Carbon Technologies     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
International Journal of Mathematical Modelling & Computations     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
International Journal of Mathematical Modelling and Numerical Optimisation     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
International Journal of Mathematical Sciences and Computing     Open Access  
International Journal of Mathematics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
International Journal of Mathematics & Computation     Full-text available via subscription  
International Journal of Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
International Journal of Mathematics in Operational Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
International Journal of Metaheuristics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
International Journal of Modelling in Operations Management     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
International Journal of Modern Nonlinear Theory and Application     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
International Journal of Number Theory     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
International Journal of Partial Differential Equations     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
International Journal of Polymer Science     Open Access   (Followers: 25)
International Journal of Pure Mathematical Sciences     Open Access  
International Journal of Reliability, Quality and Safety Engineering     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
International Journal of Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
International Journal of Sediment Research     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
International Journal of Shape Modeling     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
International Journal of Theoretical and Mathematical Physics     Open Access   (Followers: 13)
International Journal of Trends in Mathematics Education Research     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
International Journal of Ultra Wideband Communications and Systems     Hybrid Journal  
International Journal of Wavelets, Multiresolution and Information Processing     Hybrid Journal  
International Journal on Artificial Intelligence Tools     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
International Mathematics Research Notices     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Internet Mathematics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Inventiones mathematicae     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Inverse Problems in Science and Engineering     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Investigations in Mathematics Learning     Hybrid Journal  
Iranian Journal of Optimization     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Israel Journal of Mathematics     Hybrid Journal  
Ithaca : Viaggio nella Scienza     Open Access  
ITM Web of Conferences     Open Access  
Izvestiya Rossiiskoi Akademii Nauk. Seriya Matematicheskaya     Full-text available via subscription  
Jahresbericht der Deutschen Mathematiker-Vereinigung     Hybrid Journal  
Japan Journal of Industrial and Applied Mathematics     Hybrid Journal  
Japanese Journal of Mathematics     Hybrid Journal  
JIPM (Jurnal Ilmiah Pendidikan Matematika)     Open Access  
JMPM : Jurnal Matematika dan Pendidikan Matematika     Open Access  
JOHME : Journal of Holistic Mathematics Education     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Johnson Matthey Technology Review     Open Access  
Jornal Internacional de Estudos em Educação Matemática     Open Access  
Journal d'Analyse Mathématique     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Journal de Mathématiques Pures et Appliquées     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Journal for Research in Mathematics Education     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 29)
Journal für Mathematik-Didaktik     Hybrid Journal  
Journal of Advanced Mathematics and Applications     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Algebra     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Journal of Algebra and Its Applications     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Journal of Algebraic Combinatorics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Journal of Algorithms & Computational Technology     Open Access  
Journal of Applied Mathematics     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Journal of Applied Mathematics and Computation     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Journal of Applied Mathematics and Computing     Hybrid Journal  
Journal of Applied Mathematics, Statistics and Informatics     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Artificial Intelligence and Data Mining     Open Access   (Followers: 10)
Journal of Classification     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Journal of Combinatorial Designs     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Journal of Combinatorial Optimization     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Journal of Combinatorial Theory, Series A     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Journal of Combinatorial Theory, Series B     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Journal of Complex Analysis     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Journal of Complex Networks     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Complexity     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Journal of Computational and Applied Mathematics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Journal of Computational Biology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Journal of Computational Mathematics and Data Science     Open Access  
Journal of Computational Multiphase Flows     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Computational Physics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 60)
Journal of Computational Physics : X     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Computer Engineering, System and Science (CESS)     Open Access  
Journal of Contemporary Mathematical Analysis     Hybrid Journal  
Journal of Cryptology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Journal of Difference Equations and Applications     Hybrid Journal  
Journal of Differential Equations     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Discrete Mathematics     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Dynamics and Differential Equations     Hybrid Journal  
Journal of Engineering Mathematics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Journal of Evolution Equations     Hybrid Journal  
Journal of Experimental Algorithmics     Full-text available via subscription  
Journal of Flood Risk Management     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Journal of Function Spaces     Open Access  
Journal of Functional Analysis     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Journal of Geochemical Exploration     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Journal of Geological Research     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Geovisualization and Spatial Analysis     Hybrid Journal  
Journal of Global Optimization     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Journal of Global Research in Mathematical Archives     Open Access  
Journal of Homotopy and Related Structures     Hybrid Journal  
Journal of Honai Math     Open Access  
Journal of Humanistic Mathematics     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Hyperbolic Differential Equations     Hybrid Journal  
Journal of Indian Council of Philosophical Research     Hybrid Journal  
Journal of Industrial Mathematics     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Journal of Inequalities and Applications     Open Access  
Journal of Infrared, Millimeter and Terahertz Waves     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Journal of Integrable Systems     Open Access  
Journal of Knot Theory and Its Ramifications     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Journal of Liquid Chromatography & Related Technologies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Journal of Logical and Algebraic Methods in Programming     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Manufacturing Systems     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Journal of Mathematical Analysis and Applications     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)

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  • Games, Vol. 13, Pages 48: Party Formation and Coalitional Bargaining in a
           Model of Proportional Representation

    • Authors: Siddhartha Bandyopadhyay, Mandar Oak
      First page: 48
      Abstract: We study a game theoretic model of a parliamentary democracy under proportional representation where ideologically motivated citizen groups form parties, voting occurs and governments are formed. We study the coalition governments that emerge as functions of the parties’ seat shares, the size of the rents from holding office and their ideologies. We show that governments may be minimal winning, minority or surplus. Moreover, coalitions may be ‘disconnected’. We then look at how the coalition formation game affects the incentives for party formation. In particular, we show that when the rents from office are low, the median citizen stands unopposed, and when rents are high, there is more political entry. For intermediate rents, we show that strategic dropouts can happen to influence the final policy. We show that the incentives for strategic dropout can be higher under proportional representation than plurality voting, contrary to Duverger’s law. Our model explains the diverse electoral outcomes seen under proportional representation and integrates models of political entry with models of coalitional bargaining.
      Citation: Games
      PubDate: 2022-06-21
      DOI: 10.3390/g13040048
      Issue No: Vol. 13, No. 4 (2022)
       
  • Games, Vol. 13, Pages 49: Communication-Enhancing Vagueness

    • Authors: Daniel H. Wood
      First page: 49
      Abstract: I experimentally investigate how vague language changes the nature of communication in a biased strategic information transmission game. Counterintuitively, when both precise and imprecise messages can be sent, in aggregate, senders are more accurate, and receivers trust them more than when only precise messages can be sent. I also develop and structurally estimate a model showing that vague messages increase communication between boundedly rational players, especially if some senders are moderately honest. Moderately honest senders avoid stating an outright lie by using vague messages to hedge them. Then, precise messages are more informative because there are fewer precise lies.
      Citation: Games
      PubDate: 2022-06-22
      DOI: 10.3390/g13040049
      Issue No: Vol. 13, No. 4 (2022)
       
  • Games, Vol. 13, Pages 33: The Distributed Kolkata Paise Restaurant Game

    • Authors: Kalliopi Kastampolidou, Christos Papalitsas, Theodore Andronikos
      First page: 33
      Abstract: The Kolkata Paise Restaurant Problem is a challenging game in which n agents decide where to have lunch during their break. The game is not trivial because there are exactly n restaurants, and each restaurant can accommodate only one agent. We study this problem from a new angle and propose a novel strategy that results in greater utilization. Adopting a spatially distributed approach where the restaurants are uniformly distributed in the entire city area makes it possible for every agent to visit multiple restaurants. For each agent, the situation resembles that of the iconic traveling salesman, who must compute an optimal route through n cities. We rigorously prove probabilistic formulas that confirm the advantages of this policy and the increase in utilization. The derived equations generalize formulas that were previously known in the literature, which can be seen as special cases of our results.
      Citation: Games
      PubDate: 2022-04-20
      DOI: 10.3390/g13030033
      Issue No: Vol. 13, No. 3 (2022)
       
  • Games, Vol. 13, Pages 34: Economic Harmony—A Rational Theory of
           Fairness and Cooperation in Strategic Interactions

    • Authors: Ramzi Suleiman
      First page: 34
      Abstract: Experimental studies show that the Nash equilibrium and its refinements are poor predictors of behavior in non-cooperative strategic games. Cooperation models, such as ERC and inequality aversion, yield superior predictions compared to the standard game theory predictions. However, those models are short of providing a general theory of behavior in economic interactions. In two previous articles, we proposed a rational theory of behavior in non-cooperative games, termed Economic Harmony theory (EH). In EH, we retained the rationality principle but modified the players’ utilities by defining them as functions of the ratios between their actual and aspired payoffs. We also abandoned the equilibrium concept in favor of the concept of “harmony,” defined as the intersection of strategies at which all players are equally satisfied. We derived and tested the theory predictions of behavior in the ultimatum game, the bargaining game with alternating offers, and the sequential common-pool resource dilemma game. In this article, we summarize the main tenets of EH and its previous predictions and test its predictions for behaviors in the public goods game and the trust game. We demonstrate that the harmony solutions account well for the observed fairness and cooperation in all the tested games. The impressive predictions of the theory, without violating the rationality principle nor adding free parameters, indicate that the role of benevolent sentiments in promoting fairness and cooperation in the discussed games is only marginal. Strikingly, the Golden Ratio, known for its aesthetically pleasing properties, emerged as the point of fair demands in the ultimatum game, the sequential bargaining game with alternating offers, and the sequential CPR dilemma game. The emergence of the golden ratio as the fairness solution in these games suggests that our perception of fairness and beauty are correlated. Because the harmony predictions underwent post-tests, future experiments are needed for conducting ex ante tests of the theory in the discussed games and in other non-cooperative games. Given the good performance of economic harmony where game theory fails, we hope that experimental economists and other behavioral scientists undertake such a task.
      Citation: Games
      PubDate: 2022-04-21
      DOI: 10.3390/g13030034
      Issue No: Vol. 13, No. 3 (2022)
       
  • Games, Vol. 13, Pages 35: Sustainability of Intertwined Supply Networks: A
           Game-Theoretic Approach

    • Authors: Olga Gorbaneva, Guennady Ougolnitsky
      First page: 35
      Abstract: A formal game-theoretic model of an intertwined supply network, in full and simplified versions, is proposed. Conditions for the sustainable development of an active system are presented in general form and then specified to the class of intertwined supply networks. As an illustration, a concise example of the dynamic Cournot duopoly and a detailed example of the model of Social and Private Interests Coordination Engines (SPICE-model) for a marketing network are considered and analytically investigated and sustainability conditions are established. An important conclusion is that the sustainable development of the active system is possible only under the viability conditions satisfied simultaneously with coordinating the interests of all active agents of the system.
      Citation: Games
      PubDate: 2022-04-28
      DOI: 10.3390/g13030035
      Issue No: Vol. 13, No. 3 (2022)
       
  • Games, Vol. 13, Pages 36: Backup Agreement as a Coordination Mechanism in
           a Decentralized Fruit Chain in a Developing Country

    • Authors: Margy Nathalia Rojas Palacios, Diego León Peña Orozco, Jesús Gonzalez-Feliu
      First page: 36
      Abstract: This paper aims to analyze the impacts of a backup agreement contract on the performance of a small agricultural producers’ citrus supply chain. A backup agreement contract, which ensures for each echelon that a quantity of products will be bought independently of real demand, is proposed to coordinate a three-echelon supply chain, aimed at improving income. After presenting an overview of the literature that shows various coordination mechanisms but no backup agreement proposals for supply chain coordination, this paper develops a decentralized three-echelon supply chain facing stochastic customer demand and includes the backup agreement as a coordination mechanism to guarantee a balanced relationship between the chain members. The model is tested in a real case study in Colombia, and a sensitivity analysis is provided. Results show that a backup agreement contract coordinates the small agricultural producers’ supply chain and improves income for each echelon, especially for the small producer. However, the economic mechanism complexity can limit coordination among echelons, mainly because of a lack of trust and consolidated supply capacity from small farmers. The foregoing requires the development of an associative structure by small producers, which is proposed as future research work.
      Citation: Games
      PubDate: 2022-04-29
      DOI: 10.3390/g13030036
      Issue No: Vol. 13, No. 3 (2022)
       
  • Games, Vol. 13, Pages 37: Asymmetric Horizontal Differentiation under
           Advertising in a Cournot Duopoly

    • Authors: Malcolm Brady
      First page: 37
      Abstract: Horizontal differentiation is generally derived from the aggregate utility function and is assumed to be symmetric. However, empirical work suggests that asymmetric horizontal differentiation can exist in practice. This paper examines the topic of asymmetric horizontal differentiation by allowing a firm’s costly advertising to have a different impact on its own demand function than it does on that of its rival. This leads to the interesting analytical result that advertising that increases the cross-price effect of its rival can lead to an increase in firm profits. This introduces the possibility of a ‘couple’ effect where firm advertising can tilt its own and its rival’s demand functions in different directions. Several competitive advertising ‘couple’ scenarios are explored using numerical simulation.
      Citation: Games
      PubDate: 2022-05-07
      DOI: 10.3390/g13030037
      Issue No: Vol. 13, No. 3 (2022)
       
  • Games, Vol. 13, Pages 38: Quid Pro Quo CSR and Trade Liberalization in a
           Bilateral Monopoly

    • Authors: Shih-Shen Chen, Chien-Shu Tsai, Chen Chen
      First page: 38
      Abstract: We construct a dynamic bilateral monopoly game to analyze the bargaining between a foreign manufacturer and a domestic retailer regarding the wholesale price and explain the foreign upstream firm’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative and its economic impacts on the domestic market. Under free trade, the foreign upstream firm’s CSR initiative realizes improvements in consumer surplus and social welfare in the home country. A “win–win–win” strategy exists, as the foreign manufacturer has more of an incentive to implement CSR when the government implements a strategic trade policy. The consumer-friendly action implemented by the foreign upstream firm leads to adequate consumer welfare and social welfare, which mitigates the government’s political hostility. With the high bargaining power of the foreign upstream firm and the low weight of the consumer-friendly upstream firm, the government should set a higher tariff rate for the foreign upstream firm to extract rent and enhance social welfare.
      Citation: Games
      PubDate: 2022-05-12
      DOI: 10.3390/g13030038
      Issue No: Vol. 13, No. 3 (2022)
       
  • Games, Vol. 13, Pages 39: A Model of Trust

    • Authors: Gabriele Bellucci
      First page: 39
      Abstract: Trust is central to a large variety of social interactions. Different research fields have empirically and theoretically investigated trust, observing trusting behaviors in different situations and pinpointing their different components and constituents. However, a unifying, computational formalization of those diverse components and constituents of trust is still lacking. Previous work has mainly used computational models borrowed from other fields and developed for other purposes to explain trusting behaviors in empirical paradigms. Here, I computationally formalize verbal models of trust in a simple model (i.e., vulnerability model) that combines current and prospective action values with beliefs and expectancies about a partner’s behavior. By using the classic investment game (IG)—an economic game thought to capture some important features of trusting behaviors in social interactions—I show how variations of a single parameter of the vulnerability model generates behaviors that can be interpreted as different “trust attitudes”. I then show how these behavioral patterns change as a function of an individual’s loss aversion and expectations of the partner’s behavior. I finally show how the vulnerability model can be easily extended in a novel IG paradigm to investigate inferences on different traits of a partner. In particular, I will focus on benevolence and competence—two character traits that have previously been described as determinants of trustworthiness impressions central to trust. The vulnerability model can be employed as is or as a utility function within more complex Bayesian frameworks to fit participants’ behavior in different social environments where actions are associated with subjective values and weighted by individual beliefs about others’ behaviors. Hence, the vulnerability model provides an important building block for future theoretical and empirical work across a variety of research fields.
      Citation: Games
      PubDate: 2022-05-17
      DOI: 10.3390/g13030039
      Issue No: Vol. 13, No. 3 (2022)
       
  • Games, Vol. 13, Pages 40: The Evolution of Cooperation in Two-Dimensional
           Mobile Populations with Random and Strategic Dispersal

    • Authors: Kyle Weishaar, Igor V. Erovenko
      First page: 40
      Abstract: We investigate the effect of the environment dimensionality and different dispersal strategies on the evolution of cooperation in a finite structured population of mobile individuals. We consider a population consisting of cooperators and free-riders residing on a two-dimensional lattice with periodic boundaries. Individuals explore the environment according to one of the four dispersal strategies and interact with each other via a public goods game. The population evolves according to a birth–death–birth process with the fitness of the individuals deriving from the game-induced payouts. We found that the outcomes of the strategic dispersal strategies in the two-dimensional setting are identical to the outcomes in the one-dimensional setting. The random dispersal strategy, not surprisingly, resulted in the worst outcome for cooperators.
      Citation: Games
      PubDate: 2022-05-20
      DOI: 10.3390/g13030040
      Issue No: Vol. 13, No. 3 (2022)
       
  • Games, Vol. 13, Pages 41: Memory Recall Bias of Overconfident and
           Underconfident Individuals after Feedback

    • Authors: King-King Li
      First page: 41
      Abstract: We experimentally investigate the memory recall bias of overconfident (underconfident) individuals after receiving feedback on their overconfidence (underconfidence). Our study differs from the literature by identifying the recall pattern conditional on subjects’ overconfidence/underconfidence. We obtain the following results. First, overconfident (underconfident) subjects exhibit overconfident (underconfident) recall despite receiving feedback on their overconfidence (underconfidence). Second, awareness of one’s overconfidence or underconfidence does not eliminate memory recall bias. Third, the primacy effect is stronger than the recency effect. Overall, our results suggest that memory recall bias is mainly due to motivated beliefs of sophisticated decision makers rather than naïve decision-making.
      Citation: Games
      PubDate: 2022-05-23
      DOI: 10.3390/g13030041
      Issue No: Vol. 13, No. 3 (2022)
       
  • Games, Vol. 13, Pages 42: Optimal Policymaking under Yardstick Vote: An
           Experimental Study

    • Authors: Albert Argilaga, Jijian Fan
      First page: 42
      Abstract: We develop a numerical model that simulates the evolution of a virtual population with an incentive and ability-based wage, capital yield from savings, social welfare system, and total income subject to taxation and political turnovers. Meta-heuristics, particle swarm optimization (PSO) in particular, is used to find optimal taxation given the constraints of a plurality democracy with yardstick vote. Results show that the policymaker tends to a taxation system that is highly punitive for a minority in order to win the election by benefiting others. Such decision-making leads to a cyclic taxation policy with high taxation targeting sequential portions of the population.
      Citation: Games
      PubDate: 2022-05-30
      DOI: 10.3390/g13030042
      Issue No: Vol. 13, No. 3 (2022)
       
  • Games, Vol. 13, Pages 43: On the Impact of an Intermediary Agent in the
           Ultimatum Game

    • Authors: Ernan Haruvy, Yefim Roth
      First page: 43
      Abstract: Delegating bargaining to an intermediary agent is common practice in many situations. The proposer, while not actively bargaining, sets constraints on the intermediary agent’s offer. We study ultimatum games where proposers delegate bargaining to an intermediary agent by setting boundaries on either end of the offer. We find that after accounting for censoring, intermediaries treat these boundaries similarly to a nonbinding proposer suggestion. Specifically, we benchmark on a nonbinding setting where the proposer simply states the offer they would like to have made. We find that specifying a constraint on the intermediary has the same effect as the benchmark suggestion once censoring is accounted for. That is, giving an agent a price ceiling or price floor is treated, by the agent, the same as expressing a direct price wish, as long as the constraint is not binding. We discuss the implications of these findings in terms of the importance of communication and the role of constraints in bargaining with intermediaries.
      Citation: Games
      PubDate: 2022-05-31
      DOI: 10.3390/g13030043
      Issue No: Vol. 13, No. 3 (2022)
       
  • Games, Vol. 13, Pages 44: Monte Carlo Methods for the
           Shapley–Shubik Power Index

    • Authors: Yuto Ushioda, Masato Tanaka, Tomomi Matsui
      First page: 44
      Abstract: This paper deals with the problem of calculating the Shapley–Shubik power index in weighted majority games. We propose an efficient Monte Carlo algorithm based on an implicit hierarchical structure of permutations of players. Our algorithm outputs a vector of power indices preserving the monotonicity, with respect to the voting weights. We show that our algorithm reduces the required number of samples, compared with the naive algorithm.
      Citation: Games
      PubDate: 2022-06-02
      DOI: 10.3390/g13030044
      Issue No: Vol. 13, No. 3 (2022)
       
  • Games, Vol. 13, Pages 45: Level-k Models and Overspending in Contests

    • Authors: Malin Arve, Marco Serena
      First page: 45
      Abstract: The experimental evidence on contests often reports overspending of contest participants compared to the theoretical Nash equilibrium outcome. We show that a standard level-k model may rationalize overspending in contests. This result complements the existing literature on overspending in contests, and it bridges an open gap between the contest and auction literature. In fact, the literature on auctions often runs parallel to that on contests.Overbidding in auctions has also been documented empirically, and it has been shown that, in private-value auctions, such overbidding can be rationalized by level-k reasoning. We bridge the existing gap between the auction and contest literature by showing that overbidding may also be true in a theoretical contest environment with level-k reasoning.
      Citation: Games
      PubDate: 2022-06-10
      DOI: 10.3390/g13030045
      Issue No: Vol. 13, No. 3 (2022)
       
  • Games, Vol. 13, Pages 46: What Can Game Theory Tell Us about an AI
           ‘Theory of Mind’'

    • Authors: Michael S. Harré
      First page: 46
      Abstract: Game theory includes a rich source of methods for analysing strategic interactions where there are a small number of agents, each having only a few choices. In more complex settings though, where there are many choices over indefinite time horizons involving large social groups, these methods are unlikely to fully capture the causes of agent behaviour. If agents are able to simplify the task of understanding what others might do by modelling the constraints of others, particularly unobservable cognitive constraints, then the possible behavioural outcomes can be similarly restricted, thereby reducing the complexity of a social interaction. Having a cognitive representation of the unobserved causal states of others is an aspect of a ‘Theory of Mind’ and it plays a central role in the psychology of social interactions. In this article I examine a selection of results on the theory of mind and connect these with the ‘game theory of mind’ to draw conclusions regarding the complexity of one-on-one and large-scale social coordination. To make this explicit, I will illustrate the relationship between the two psychological terms ‘introspection’ and ‘theory of mind’ and the economic analysis of game theory, while retaining as much as possible of the richness of the psychological concepts. It will be shown that game theory plays an important role in modelling interpersonal relationships for both biological and artificial agents, but it is not yet the whole story, and some psychological refinements to game theory are discussed.
      Citation: Games
      PubDate: 2022-06-20
      DOI: 10.3390/g13030046
      Issue No: Vol. 13, No. 3 (2022)
       
  • Games, Vol. 13, Pages 47: Overcoming Choice Inertia through Social
           Interaction—An Agent-Based Study of Mobile Subscription Decision

    • Authors: Barsha Saha, Miguel Martínez-García, Sharad Nath Bhattacharya, Rohit Joshi
      First page: 47
      Abstract: Subscription decision in the telecom market is quite complex and cumbersome, invoking decision inertia in consumers and resulting in suboptimal choices. We implemented choice inertia and consumer interaction as an agent-based model to better understand the process. The model illustrates that with adequate peer interactions with active consumers, inactive consumers could overcome their inertia significantly and switch to a better alternative. Furthermore, the newly converted active consumers influenced their inert neighbors as a ripple effect. Active consumers contribute to firm profits and healthy market competition. Moreover, in environments with low neighborhood effects and a stronger inertia threshold, firms are able to maintain profits by retaining inert consumers. We show that apart from the attractiveness of market offerings, firms can benefit from understanding consumer inertia and devising means to reduce it.
      Citation: Games
      PubDate: 2022-06-20
      DOI: 10.3390/g13030047
      Issue No: Vol. 13, No. 3 (2022)
       
  • Games, Vol. 13, Pages 20: The Evolution of Ambiguity in
           Sender—Receiver Signaling Games

    • Authors: Roland Mühlenbernd, Sławomir Wacewicz, Przemysław Żywiczyński
      First page: 20
      Abstract: We study an extended version of a sender–receiver signaling game—a context-signaling (CS) game that involves external contextual cues that provide information about a sender’s private information state. A formal evolutionary analysis of the investigated CS game shows that ambiguous signaling strategies can achieve perfect information transfer and are evolutionarily stable. Moreover, a computational analysis of the CS game shows that such perfect ambiguous systems have the same emergence probability as non-ambiguous perfect signaling systems in multi-agent simulations under standard evolutionary dynamics. We contrast these results with an experimental study where pairs of participants play the CS game for multiple rounds with each other in the lab to develop a communication system. This comparison shows that unlike virtual agents, human agents clearly prefer perfect signaling systems over perfect ambiguous systems.
      Citation: Games
      PubDate: 2022-02-22
      DOI: 10.3390/g13020020
      Issue No: Vol. 13, No. 2 (2022)
       
  • Games, Vol. 13, Pages 21: A Note on Time Inconsistency and Endogenous
           Exits from a Currency Union

    • Authors: Yuta Saito
      First page: 21
      Abstract: This paper investigates the effects of members’ exits from a currency union on the credibility of the common currency. In our currency union model, the inflation rate of the common currency is determined by majority voting among N member countries that are heterogeneous with respect to their output shocks. Once an inflation rate of the common currency has been selected, each member decides whether to remain in the currency union or not. If a member decides to exit, it has to pay a fixed social cost and individually chooses the inflation rate of its currency. Unlike previous research on this topic, we focus on the possibility of achieving an optimal outcome, which generates no inflation bias, when more than one member is expected to leave the currency union. We show that the optimal outcome can only be achieved if no members leave the currency union.
      Citation: Games
      PubDate: 2022-02-23
      DOI: 10.3390/g13020021
      Issue No: Vol. 13, No. 2 (2022)
       
  • Games, Vol. 13, Pages 22: How Strong Are Soccer Teams' The “Host
           Paradox” and Other Counterintuitive Properties of FIFA’s
           Former Ranking System

    • Authors: Marek M. Kaminski
      First page: 22
      Abstract: I investigate the paradoxes associated with the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) point-based ranking of national soccer teams. The ranking has been plagued with paradoxes that incentivize teams to avoid playing friendly matches, i.e., matches that are not part of any official FIFA tournament or preliminaries, and applying other counterintuitive strategies. The most spectacular paradox was the dramatic underrating of the hosts of major tournaments. For a long time, host teams, which were absent from preliminary matches, would play only friendly matches that awarded few points. Here, I present three models that estimate the magnitude of the resulting “host effect” at 14.2–16 positions. Such an estimate counteracts the intuition that a large investment in hosting a tournament should result in an improvement in the host team’s standing. However, as discussed here, a given host’s low ranking could decrease interest in the tournament, and likely result in a major loss of advertisement revenue.
      Citation: Games
      PubDate: 2022-03-03
      DOI: 10.3390/g13020022
      Issue No: Vol. 13, No. 2 (2022)
       
  • Games, Vol. 13, Pages 23: What Economists Can Learn from “The Power
           of Us: Harnessing Our Shared Identities for Personal and Collective
           Success” by Jay J. Van Bavel and Dominick J. Packer

    • Authors: Daniela Grieco
      First page: 23
      Abstract: Social identity theory has become increasingly important for economists. I discuss the contribution of Van Bavel and Packer’s “The Power of Us” in light of what economists (especially experimental ones) can learn from their research.
      Citation: Games
      PubDate: 2022-03-10
      DOI: 10.3390/g13020023
      Issue No: Vol. 13, No. 2 (2022)
       
  • Games, Vol. 13, Pages 24: Optimal Accuracy of Unbiased Tullock Contests
           with Two Heterogeneous Players

    • Authors: Marco Sahm
      First page: 24
      Abstract: I characterize the optimal accuracy level r of an unbiased Tullock contest between two players with heterogeneous prize valuations. The designer maximizes the winning probability of the strong player or the winner’s expected valuation by choosing a contest with an all-pay auction equilibrium (r≥2). By contrast, if she aims at maximizing the expected aggregate effort or the winner’s expected effort, she will choose a contest with a pure-strategy equilibrium, and the optimal accuracy level r<2 decreases in the players’ heterogeneity. Finally, a contest designer who faces a tradeoff between selection quality and minimum (maximum) effort will never choose a contest with a semi-mixed equilibrium.
      Citation: Games
      PubDate: 2022-03-25
      DOI: 10.3390/g13020024
      Issue No: Vol. 13, No. 2 (2022)
       
  • Games, Vol. 13, Pages 25: Risk Aversion, Managerial Reputation, and
           Debt–Equity Conflict

    • Authors: Anna Dodonova
      First page: 25
      Abstract: When a firm finances a new project by issuing debt, it has an incentive to invest in excessively high-risk projects because shareholders enjoy all the benefits in case the project is successful but have limited liability when it fails. Anticipating such behavior, creditors may require a higher interest rate or may even refuse to provide capital. This debt–equity conflict is alleviated by the fact that most investment decisions are made by risk-averse managers who are not as well diversified as shareholders. This paper investigates the debt–equity conflict in firms in which the managers have an unobservable degree of risk averseness. Since managerial risk averseness is a desirable quality, such asymmetric information makes managers undertake actions that increase the market’s perception of them as being highly risk-averse. Consequently, such reputation building leads to a lower number of excessively high-risk projects being undertaken. This paper compares the entrepreneurial economy, in which managers are the sole owners of the firms, with the corporate economy, in which managers are hired by shareholders. Using the overlapping generations model, this paper shows that managerial reputation building can partially resolve the debt–equity conflict and improve efficiency in both economies; however, such improvement is larger in the entrepreneurial economy.
      Citation: Games
      PubDate: 2022-03-30
      DOI: 10.3390/g13020025
      Issue No: Vol. 13, No. 2 (2022)
       
  • Games, Vol. 13, Pages 26: An Experimental Study of Strategic Voting and
           Accuracy of Verdicts with Sequential and Simultaneous Voting

    • Authors: Lisa R. Anderson, Charles A. Holt, Katri K. Sieberg, Beth A. Freeborn
      First page: 26
      Abstract: In a model of simultaneous voting, Feddersen and Pesendorfer (1998) consider the possibility that jurors vote strategically, rather than sincerely reflecting their individual information. This results in the counterintuitive result that a jury is more likely to convict the innocent under a unanimity rule than under majority rule. Dekel and Piccione (2000) show that those unintuitive predictions also hold with sequential voting. In this paper, we report paired experiments with sequential and simultaneous voting under unanimity and majority rule. Observed behavior varies significantly depending on whether juries vote simultaneously or in sequence. We also find evidence that subjects use information inferred from prior votes in making their sequential voting decisions, but that information implied by being pivotal in simultaneous votes does not seem to be reliably processed.
      Citation: Games
      PubDate: 2022-03-30
      DOI: 10.3390/g13020026
      Issue No: Vol. 13, No. 2 (2022)
       
  • Games, Vol. 13, Pages 27: Egalitarian Allocations and Convexity

    • Authors: Irinel C. Dragan
      First page: 27
      Abstract: In the Inverse Set, relative to the Shapley Value of a non-convex cooperative game, we derive a procedure to find out a convex game in which the Egalitarian Allocation is a coalitional rational value. The procedure depends on the relationship between two parameters called the Convexity Threshold and the Coalitional Rationality Threshold. Some examples follow and illustrate the procedure. We discussed a similar problem for other efficient values, the Shapley Value and the Egalitarian Nonseparable Contribution, in earlier work.
      Citation: Games
      PubDate: 2022-03-31
      DOI: 10.3390/g13020027
      Issue No: Vol. 13, No. 2 (2022)
       
  • Games, Vol. 13, Pages 28: CEO Bias and Product Substitutability in
           Oligopoly Games

    • Authors: Elizabeth Schroeder, Carol Horton Tremblay, Victor J. Tremblay
      First page: 28
      Abstract: We investigate why a firm might purposefully hire a chief executive officer (CEO) who under- or over-estimates the degree of substitutability between competing products. This counterintuitive result arises in imperfect competition because CEO bias can affect rival behavior and the intensity of competition. We lay out the conditions under which it is profitable for owners to hire biased managers. Our work shows that a universal policy that effectively eliminates such biases need not improve social welfare.
      Citation: Games
      PubDate: 2022-03-31
      DOI: 10.3390/g13020028
      Issue No: Vol. 13, No. 2 (2022)
       
  • Games, Vol. 13, Pages 29: A Preface for the Special Issue “Economics
           of Conflict and Terrorism”

    • Authors: João Ricardo Faria, Daniel Arce
      First page: 29
      Abstract: The current Special Issue presents an interesting collection of seven articles that expand the existing literature on the subjects of terrorism and conflict [...]
      Citation: Games
      PubDate: 2022-04-01
      DOI: 10.3390/g13020029
      Issue No: Vol. 13, No. 2 (2022)
       
  • Games, Vol. 13, Pages 30: Correcting for Random Budgets in Revealed
           Preference Experiments

    • Authors: Mir Adnan Mahmood, John Rehbeck
      First page: 30
      Abstract: Experiments on revealed preference often use budget sets that are randomly and independently drawn according to some criteria for each participant. However, this means that the budget sets faced by different individuals are not the same. This paper proposes a method to control for these differences. In particular, we control for the “power” of different budget sets by examining the consistency of an individual’s choices relative to some simulated baseline behavior conditional on budgets faced by the individual. We apply this methodology to two existing experimental datasets. Our results show that failure to account for this variation results in a bias when looking directly at measures of choice consistency and the sign of this bias depends on the measure being used. However, controlling for this variation does not change the correlation between measures of choice consistency and observable demographic characteristics like income and education.
      Citation: Games
      PubDate: 2022-04-11
      DOI: 10.3390/g13020030
      Issue No: Vol. 13, No. 2 (2022)
       
  • Games, Vol. 13, Pages 31: Should I Play or Should I Go'
           Individuals’ Characteristics and Preference for Uncertainty

    • Authors: Tânia Saraiva, Tiago Cruz Gonçalves
      First page: 31
      Abstract: This paper presents an incentivized experiment analyzing the role of demographic characteristics in individual decision-making under uncertainty. Reactions to a natural source of uncertainty, payoffs in a TV game show, were measured using Fuzzy-set Qualitative Comparative Analysis (fsQCA), allowing us to identify multiple configurations of causal conditions that are sufficient for individuals to prefer an uncertain payoff to a sure gain, and, thus, lower risk aversion. This paper found evidence of preference for uncertainty, measured as willingness to play for an uncertain payoff, in individuals with characteristics most commonly present in the literature: being male; young; childless; with studies in finance or similar areas. This paper also shows that conditions that would not justify the preference for uncertainty according to the literature (an older individual or having children), when combined with other conditions, change contestants’ behavior regarding preference for uncertainty. Individuals that are both older and single, and individuals that have children combined with education in finance, show an inverse effect on preference for uncertainty.
      Citation: Games
      PubDate: 2022-04-13
      DOI: 10.3390/g13020031
      Issue No: Vol. 13, No. 2 (2022)
       
  • Games, Vol. 13, Pages 32: Endogenous Abatement Technology Agreements under
           Environmental Regulation

    • Authors: Naoto Aoyama, Emilson Caputo Delfino Silva
      First page: 32
      Abstract: In a domestic market, a duopoly produces a homogeneous final good, pollution, pollution abatement, and R&D, which reduces abatement cost. One of the firms (foreign) has superior technology. The government regulates the duopoly by levying a pollution tax to maximize domestic welfare. We consider the potential implementation of three innovation agreements: cooperative research joint venture (RJV), non-cooperative RJV, and licensing. In the cooperative (non-cooperative) RJV, the firms (do not) internalize R&D spillovers. We show that, for the domestic firm, the cooperative RJV dominates, and licensing is the least desirable alternative. Although licensing is dominant for the foreign firm, it is not implementable. Both RJVs are implementable. Implementation of both types of RJVs improves the competitiveness of the domestic firm and welfare. This study yields an important policy prescription: a subsidy policy that induces the foreign firm to accept a feasible cooperative RJV when it strictly prefers a feasible non-cooperative RJV is always welfare improving.
      Citation: Games
      PubDate: 2022-04-14
      DOI: 10.3390/g13020032
      Issue No: Vol. 13, No. 2 (2022)
       
  • Games, Vol. 13, Pages 10: Identification and Control of Game-Based
           Epidemic Models

    • Authors: Dario Madeo, Chiara Mocenni
      First page: 10
      Abstract: The effectiveness of control measures against the diffusion of the COVID-19 pandemic is grounded on the assumption that people are prepared and disposed to cooperate. From a strategic decision point of view, cooperation is the unreachable strategy of the Prisoner’s Dilemma game, where the temptation to exploit the others and the fear of being betrayed by them drives the people’s behavior, which eventually results in a fully defective outcome. In this work, we integrate a standard epidemic model with the replicator equation of evolutionary games in order to study the interplay between the infection spreading and the propensity of people to be cooperative under the pressure of the epidemic. The developed model shows high performance in fitting real measurements of infected, recovered and dead people during the whole period of COVID-19 epidemic spread, from March 2020 to September 2021 in Italy. The estimated parameters related to cooperation result to be significantly correlated with vaccination and screening data, thus validating the model. The stability analysis of the multiple steady states present in the proposed model highlights the possibility to tune fundamental control parameters to dramatically reduce the number of potential dead people with respect to the non-controlled case.
      Citation: Games
      PubDate: 2022-01-10
      DOI: 10.3390/g13010010
      Issue No: Vol. 13, No. 1 (2022)
       
  • Games, Vol. 13, Pages 11: Gender and Nominal Power in Multilateral
           Bargaining

    • Authors: Nicola Maaser, Fabian Paetzel, Stefan Traub
      First page: 11
      Abstract: In many bargaining situations, the distribution of seats or voting weights does not accurately reflect bargaining power. Maaser, Paetzel and Traub (Games and Economic Behavior, 2019) conducted an experiment to investigate the effect of such nominal power differences in the classic Baron–Ferejohn model. This paper re-analyzes the data from that experiment, looking at gender differences in bargaining behavior and in the effect of nominal weights. We find that women and men differ in particular with respect to the proposed distribution of payoffs and coalition size. By contrast, nominal weights have only minor gender-specific effects.
      Citation: Games
      PubDate: 2022-01-17
      DOI: 10.3390/g13010011
      Issue No: Vol. 13, No. 1 (2022)
       
  • Games, Vol. 13, Pages 12: Conflicts with Momentum

    • Authors: James W. Boudreau, Timothy Mathews, Shane D. Sanders, Aniruddha Bagchi
      First page: 12
      Abstract: Take the fort, then take the city. In a two-stage, two-party contest, victory in the initial stage can provide an advantage in the final stage. We examine such momentum in conflict scenarios and investigate how valuable it must be to avoid a Pyrrhic victory. Our main finding is that although the elasticity of effort—which we allow to vary between the two stages—does impact the contestants’ effort levels, it has no bearing on the endogenously determined value of momentum itself. Further, rent dissipation in the two-stage conflict is equal across party whether or not an individual obtains first-stage momentum. Thus, momentum helps a player solely by enhancing marginal ability for victory in the second-stage contest. It does not, however, change the player’s net calculus of second-stage contest spending. Such contestable advantage is also found to be more rent-dissipative than innate/uncontestable advantage. Therefore, Pyrrhic victories should be more common for contests with an intermediate stage or stages in which advantages can be earned, ceteris paribus. While intermediate targets appear as useful conflict benchmarks, they dissipate additional expected contest rents. This additional rent-dissipative toll exists even for backward-inductive equilibrium behavior in a complete information setting. Whereas the quagmire theory suggests parties can become involved in problematic conflicts due to incomplete information, the present paper finds that the setting of conflict—namely, contestable intermediate advantage—can alternatively generate rent-dissipative tolls. Similarly, contestable advantage can lead parties to optimally forego contest participation (i.e., if conflict parameters do not meet the participation constraint). This is in contrast to a one-stage simultaneous contest with second-stage parametric values of the present contest.
      Citation: Games
      PubDate: 2022-01-19
      DOI: 10.3390/g13010012
      Issue No: Vol. 13, No. 1 (2022)
       
  • Games, Vol. 13, Pages 13: Random Rank-Dependent Expected Utility

    • Authors: Nail Kashaev, Victor H. Aguiar
      First page: 13
      Abstract: We present a novel characterization of random rank-dependent expected utility for finite datasets and finite prizes. As a byproduct, we obtain a characterization of random expected utility that works for finite datasets. The test lends itself to statistical testing. We apply our test to an experimental dataset and find evidence against random expected utility, while random rank-dependent expected utility can explain the dataset.
      Citation: Games
      PubDate: 2022-01-20
      DOI: 10.3390/g13010013
      Issue No: Vol. 13, No. 1 (2022)
       
  • Games, Vol. 13, Pages 14: Consciously Uncertain: A Bayesian Analysis of
           Preferences Formation

    • Authors: Marco Stimolo, Sergio Beraldo, Salvatore Capasso, Valerio Filoso
      First page: 14
      Abstract: We investigate experimentally whether players deliberately use irrelevant market cues to shape their evaluations of a traded item. We implement a repeated Vickrey median price selling auction of an unusual bad where players are informed on the market price and on the three lowest or highest asks. We elicited players’ consideration of market signals through a questionnaire at the end of the auction. We find that extreme information has a stronger influence on players’ evaluations than the market price. However, players’ consideration of the market signals explains their behavioral reactivity to the market price but not to the extremes. Hence, players deliberately use an unbiased estimator of the central tendency of the appraisals distribution, while extreme asks’ influence is consistent with a priming effect.
      Citation: Games
      PubDate: 2022-01-22
      DOI: 10.3390/g13010014
      Issue No: Vol. 13, No. 1 (2022)
       
  • Games, Vol. 13, Pages 15: Salience Bias and Overwork

    • Authors: Fabio Römeis, Fabian Herweg, Daniel Müller
      First page: 15
      Abstract: In this study, we enrich a standard principal–agent model with hidden action by introducing salience-biased perception on the agent’s side. The agent’s misguided focus on salient payoffs, which leads the agent’s and the principal’s probability assessments to diverge, has two effects: First, the agent focuses too much on obtaining a bonus, which facilitates incentive provision. Second, the principal may exploit the diverging probability assessments to relax participation. We show that salience bias can reverse the nature of the inefficiency arising from moral hazard; i.e., the principal does not necessarily provide insufficient incentives that result in inefficiently low effort but instead may well provide excessive incentives that result in inefficiently high effort.
      Citation: Games
      PubDate: 2022-01-26
      DOI: 10.3390/g13010015
      Issue No: Vol. 13, No. 1 (2022)
       
  • Games, Vol. 13, Pages 16: Acknowledgment to Reviewers of Games in 2021

    • Authors: Games Editorial Office Games Editorial Office
      First page: 16
      Abstract: Rigorous peer-reviews are the basis of high-quality academic publishing [...]
      Citation: Games
      PubDate: 2022-01-28
      DOI: 10.3390/g13010016
      Issue No: Vol. 13, No. 1 (2022)
       
  • Games, Vol. 13, Pages 17: Structural Stability of Coalitions: A Formal
           Model Highlighting the Role of Participants Positioned between Members and
           Neutral Actors

    • Authors: Herman Monsuur, René H. P. Janssen
      First page: 17
      Abstract: Given a fixed network that links various actors, we introduce a formal model that describes the structural stability of coalitions. To this end, we used the partition of the set of all actors in three distinct positions: members, i.e., those who are central to a coalition; participants, i.e., those who are not actively engaged with the issues at hand; neutral actors, i.e., non-members, those who are not party to any interests and outside the coalition. Using the language of networks, we formulated three assumptions that may be used to characterize the stability of this partition. We paid particular attention to the role of participants as they facilitate or complicate extensions of a given coalition. Given the fixed network, we (1) illustrate the verification of the stability of a coalition, (2) provide existence results of stable coalitions, and (3) set the limits to their credible extensions. Our three formal assumptions may serve as a platform for discussions regarding the stability of coalitions.
      Citation: Games
      PubDate: 2022-01-28
      DOI: 10.3390/g13010017
      Issue No: Vol. 13, No. 1 (2022)
       
  • Games, Vol. 13, Pages 18: Exits from the European Union and Their Effect
           on Power Distribution in the Council

    • Authors: Dóra Gréta Petróczy, Mark Francis Rogers, László Á. Kóczy
      First page: 18
      Abstract: Debates on an EU-leaving referendum arose in several member states after Brexit. We want to highlight how the exit of an additional country affects the power distribution in the Council of the European Union. We inspect the power indices of the member states both with and without the country which might leave the union. Our results show a pattern connected to a change in the number of states required to meet the 55% threshold. An exit that modifies this number benefits the countries with high population, while an exit that does not cause such a change benefits the small member states. According to our calculations, only the exit of Poland would be supported by the qualified majority of the Council.
      Citation: Games
      PubDate: 2022-02-07
      DOI: 10.3390/g13010018
      Issue No: Vol. 13, No. 1 (2022)
       
  • Games, Vol. 13, Pages 19: Mean-Payoff Games with ω-Regular
           Specifications

    • Authors: Julian Gutierrez, Thomas Steeples, Michael Wooldridge
      First page: 19
      Abstract: Multi-player mean-payoff games are a natural formalism for modelling the behaviour of concurrent and multi-agent systems with self-interested players. Players in such a game traverse a graph, while attempting to maximise a (mean-)payoff function that depends on the play generated. As with all games, the equilibria that could arise may have undesirable properties. However, as system designers, we typically wish to ensure that equilibria in such systems correspond to desirable system behaviours, for example, satisfying certain safety or liveness properties. One natural way to do this would be to specify such desirable properties using temporal logic. Unfortunately, the use of temporal logic specifications causes game theoretic verification problems to have very high computational complexity. To address this issue, we consider ω-regular specifications. These offer a concise and intuitive way of specifying system behaviours with a comparatively low computational overhead. The main results of this work are characterisation and complexity bounds for the problem of determining if there are equilibria that satisfy a given ω-regular specification in a multi-player mean-payoff game in a number of computationally relevant game-theoretic settings.
      Citation: Games
      PubDate: 2022-02-09
      DOI: 10.3390/g13010019
      Issue No: Vol. 13, No. 1 (2022)
       
 
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