Answer to Question #44104 in Other Economics for Najla

Question #44104
Consider the following payoff matrix: Player B Strategy 1 2 $1,000 -$2,000 1 $2,000 -$1,000 Player A Strategy -$1,000 $2,000 2 -$2,000 $1,000 a. Does Player A have a dominant strategy? Explain why or why not. [3 marks] b. Does Player B have a dominant strategy? Explain why or why not.
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Expert's answer
2014-07-11T11:09:05-0400
a. Player A has a dominant strategy, he will preffer the strategy 1 to minimize possible losses and maximize possible gains. This strategy is more preferable for him, because the possible gains are higher ($2000>$1000) and possible losses are lower (-$1000>-$2000) than according to the atrategy 2. In our case both Player A and Player B will chose strategy 1, so Player A will get $2000 and Player B will get $1000.b. Player B has a dominant strategy too, he will preffer the strategy 1 to minimize possible losses. He may think, that the player A will choose the strategy 2, so it is more preferable for him to choose lower possible losses and lower possible gains. That's why, in our case both Player A and Player B will chose strategy 1, so Player A will get $2000 and Player B will get $1000.

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Assignment Expert
25.09.14, 17:36

Dear Najla.
We can say the same in other words. Top (1) is better strategy for A than Bottom (2) no matter what B is doing. Left (1) is better strategy for B than Right (2) no matter what A is doing. We consider entries a11=(-1000,1000), a12=(2000,-2000), a21=(-2000,2000), a22=(1000,-1000).

Najla
10.09.14, 07:18

is the answer for a & b ?

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