Hume’s draining the swamp game

Explain how the insights from Hume’s draining the swamp game could be used to understand the following situations: (1) two politicians competing for the same office must decide whether or not to use negative campaigning; (2) two opposing interest groups consider whether or not to contribute to a senator’s reelection campaign; and (3) the largest industrialized powers decide the extent to which they should reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.


2. This chapter proposes replication as a solution to cooperative dilemmas. Explain the intuition behind this proposal and point out some features of a cooperation game (e.g., specific payoffs, number of iterations, and value of present versus future payoffs) that lead, in your view, to cooperation. Is cooperation always achieved in contexts of iteration in theory, in practice?


3.  Hume’s swamp-draining game involved a cooperation problem, whereas the following game is generally considered to involve a coordination problem. The approach is as follows: two friends are unable to agree on whether they should go to the movies or play basketball, although neither wants to be alone, even if they do so. movies or play basketball, although neither wants to be alone, even if they do their favorite activity:

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Friend B Basketball Movies Friend A Basketball 3, 1 0.0 Movies 0, 0 1,


Does it suit any player to play “basketball” or “movies” no matter what his friend chooses, as in the swamp-draining game? What are the alternatives in which neither player has any incentive to alter his strategy (assuming the other player’s strategy remains fixed)? Explain why this game illustrates a coordination problem.

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