This paper reports an experimental study on three well-known solutions for problems of adjudicating conflicting claims: the constrained equal awards, the proportional, and the constrained equal losses rules. We first let subjects play three games designed such that the unique equilibrium allocation coincides with the recommendation of one of these three rules. In addition, we let subjects play an additional game, that has the property that all (and only) strategy profiles in which players coordinate on the same rule constitute a strict Nash equilibrium. While in the first three games subjects' play easily converges to the unique equilibrium rule, in the last game the proportional rule overwhelmingly prevails as a coordination device, especially when we frame the game as an hypothetical bankruptcy situation. We also administered a questionnaire to a different group of students, asking them to act as impartial arbitrators to solve (among others) the same problems played in the lab. Also in this case, respondents were sensitive to the framing of the questions, but the proportional rule was selected by the vast majority of respondents.}

On the adjudication of conflicting claims: an experimental study / C., Herrero; Moreno Ternero, J. D. D.; Ponti, Giovanni Benedetto. - In: SOCIAL CHOICE AND WELFARE. - ISSN 0176-1714. - 34:1(2010), pp. 145-179. [10.1007/s00355-009-0398-0]

On the adjudication of conflicting claims: an experimental study

PONTI, GIOVANNI
2010

Abstract

This paper reports an experimental study on three well-known solutions for problems of adjudicating conflicting claims: the constrained equal awards, the proportional, and the constrained equal losses rules. We first let subjects play three games designed such that the unique equilibrium allocation coincides with the recommendation of one of these three rules. In addition, we let subjects play an additional game, that has the property that all (and only) strategy profiles in which players coordinate on the same rule constitute a strict Nash equilibrium. While in the first three games subjects' play easily converges to the unique equilibrium rule, in the last game the proportional rule overwhelmingly prevails as a coordination device, especially when we frame the game as an hypothetical bankruptcy situation. We also administered a questionnaire to a different group of students, asking them to act as impartial arbitrators to solve (among others) the same problems played in the lab. Also in this case, respondents were sensitive to the framing of the questions, but the proportional rule was selected by the vast majority of respondents.}
On the adjudication of conflicting claims: an experimental study / C., Herrero; Moreno Ternero, J. D. D.; Ponti, Giovanni Benedetto. - In: SOCIAL CHOICE AND WELFARE. - ISSN 0176-1714. - 34:1(2010), pp. 145-179. [10.1007/s00355-009-0398-0]
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