Public Goods Game

Experimental game theory is an important method of behavioral science, which has been increasingly used by various disciplines since the 1980s. The goal of game theory experiments is to investigate the behavior of people in different social situations, aspects of which are meant to be as far as possible transferable to situations of real life. 

Using these teaching materials, students can be introduced to game theory in general, as well as a concrete method, the public goods game. The conditions and rules of the public goods game reflect the challenge of a group to maintain common resources. 

The teacher can select some aspects of the materials that are most relevant and useful for the subject, the topic being addressed, learning goals, as well as students’ interests and prior knowledge.

Author: Susan Hanisch

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