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Adolescents, Cognitive Ability, and Minimax Play

Geng, S.; Peng, Y.; Shachat, J.; Zhong, H.

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S. Geng

Y. Peng

H. Zhong


We conduct experiments with adolescent participants on repeated fixed play in three different zero-sum games which have mixed strategy minimax solutions. Further, we collect subject information on cognitive abilities and participation rates in competitive activities. We find the adolescents’ correspondences with and deviations from minimax play largely consistent with previously and widely studied adult populations. Further, we find strategic sophistication in terms of implementation of the mixed minimax strategy as well as earnings are not correlated with cognitive ability nor experience in competitive situations.


Geng, S., Peng, Y., Shachat, J., & Zhong, H. (2015). Adolescents, Cognitive Ability, and Minimax Play. Economics Letters, 128, 54-58.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 9, 2015
Online Publication Date Jan 21, 2015
Publication Date Mar 1, 2015
Deposit Date Jan 14, 2015
Publicly Available Date Jan 23, 2015
Journal Economics Letters
Print ISSN 0165-1765
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 128
Pages 54-58
Keywords Minimax, Experiment, Adolescent, Cognitive abilities.
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Copyright Statement
NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Economics Letters. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Economics Letters, 128, March 2015, 10.1016/j.econlet.2015.01.007.

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