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David J. Cooper and Roberto A. Weber

This chapter reviews recent developments in the extensive and growing experimental literature on coordination games. We divide our review into two separate parts. First, we review some recent studies on simple pure-matching, or Schelling, coordination games. These games are important for understanding basic elements of human coordination and, as recent work has shown, also useful for obtaining insights into complex social phenomena that are otherwise hard to study. We then conduct a selective survey of one of the areas of research on coordination games that has received the most attention in the past 15 years: weak-link games. These games are useful, because their basic underlying conflict between payoff dominance and safety is at the core of many important organizational and economic challenges. We conclude by discussing what we believe may be some promising future avenues for experiments on coordination games.

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Bill McEvily, Roberto A. Weber and Cristina Bicchieri