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Bargaining with random implementation: An experimental study

Anbarci, N.; Feltovich, N.


N. Feltovich


We use a laboratory experiment to study bargaining with random implementation. We modify the standard Nash demand game so that incompatible demands do not necessarily lead to the disagreement outcome. Rather, with exogenous probability q, one bargainer receives his/her demand, with the other getting the remainder. We use an asymmetric bargaining set (favouring one bargainer) and disagreement payoffs of zero, and we vary q over several values. Our results mostly support game theoryʼs directional predictions. As with conventional arbitration, we observe a strong chilling effect on bargaining for q near one: extreme demands and low agreement rates. Increasing q reinforces the gameʼs built-in asymmetry – giving the favoured player an increasingly large share of payoffs – but also raising efficiency. These effects are non-uniform: over sizable ranges, increases in q have minimal effect, but for some q, small additional increases lead to sharp changes in results.


Anbarci, N., & Feltovich, N. (2012). Bargaining with random implementation: An experimental study. Games and Economic Behavior, 76(2), 495-514.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Jul 31, 2012
Publication Date 2012-11
Deposit Date Aug 17, 2018
Journal Games and Economic Behavior
Print ISSN 0899-8256
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 76
Issue 2
Pages 495-514
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