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Games 2011, 2(4), 452-462; doi:10.3390/g2040452

The Resolution Game: A Dual Selves Perspective

Department of Economics, The University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL, UK
Max Planck Institute of Economics, Kahlaische Straße 10, 07745 Jena, Germany
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Received: 18 July 2011 / Revised: 1 September 2011 / Accepted: 2 December 2011 / Published: 9 December 2011
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Games and Psychology)
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This article explains the emergence of an unique equilibrium resolution as the result of a compromise between two selves with different preferences. The stronger this difference is, the more generous the resolution gets. This result is in contrast to predictions of other models in which sinful consumption is distributed bimodally. Therefore, our result fits better with our daily observations concerning a lot of ambivalent goods where we often form nonrigid resolutions. The normative analysis uses the device of a hypothetical impartial self that regards both conflicting motives as equally legitimate. The result of this analysis is dilemmatic. It demonstrates that the resolution is broken too often to be welfare maximal. However, the introduction of external self-commitment devices results in their overuse and is welfare decreasing.
Keywords: dual selves; resolutions; self-control; impartiality dual selves; resolutions; self-control; impartiality

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Migrow, D.; Uhl, M. The Resolution Game: A Dual Selves Perspective. Games 2011, 2, 452-462.

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