Christopher X J. Jensen
Associate Professor, Pratt Institute

Asymmetrical interaction best explained by superrational rather than rational strategy

Posted 08 Sep 2015 / 0

This View of LifeHow Fairness Depends On Your Social Status

I found this study — which I am discovering a bit late — to be really interesting in light of a paper I published with co-authors earlier this year. It seems that when interactions are asymmetric, players in a “dominant” position tend to be more likely to provide a public good in the face of cheating by their “subordinate” co-players. The pattern is superrational; the question is what mechanism produces superrational — rather than rational — game playing.

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