Monday, April 5, 2010

The Goldenballs Dilemma

Here’s a short paper that uses the TV show Goldenballs as a natural experiment of the Prisoner’s Dilemma.

Conclusion: Age, gender, occupation and hair colour (!) matter.

There are lots of studies on the importance of age and gender in determining outcomes. Hair colour may be about to join them. See abstract here.

Finally, you can watch a Goldenballs episode that had one of the biggest jackpots played for.  Great viewing.

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