Insights from experiments with duopoly games: rational incremental decision-making

M. Jin Lee, M. Jae Moon, Jungsook Kim

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This study explores rational incremental decision-making, one of the most powerful principles in government decision-making. Although ‘muddling through’ is applicable in many decision-making situations, it has been argued that incremental decisions are rational in some conditions. This study replicates the game experiment using two-person games with the factorial design of uncertainty and risk in Hong Kong and Korea. Findings show that incremental decisions in prior rounds lead to rational results and thereby better rewards, and that uncertainty and risk slow down the process of reaching the Nash equilibrium. The conclusion discusses implications of rational incrementalism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1328-1351
Number of pages24
JournalPublic Management Review
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Oct 21

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Management Information Systems
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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