Centre for Decision Research and Experimental Economics

CeDEx 2010-16: The Framing of Games and the Psychology of Play


Psychological game theory can provide rational-choice-based framing effects; frames influence beliefs, beliefs influence motivations. We explain this theoretically and explore empirical relevance experimentally. In a 2×2 design of one-shot public good games we show that frames affect subject’s first- and second-order beliefs, and contributions. From a psychological gametheoretic framework we derive two mutually compatible hypotheses about guilt aversion and reciprocity under which contributions are related to second- and first-order beliefs, respectively. Our results are consistent with either.

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Revised version of 2006-20

Now published in Games and Economic Behavior, 73(2), 459-478


Martin Dufwenberg, Simon Gächter and Heike Hennig‐Schmidt


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Posted on Wednesday 1st September 2010

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