Journal of Evolutionary Economics

, Volume 20, Issue 3, pp 395–412

Imitation and selective matching in reputational games

Regular Article


This paper investigates imitation and selective matching in reputational games with an outside option. We identify two classes of such games, ultimatum and trust games. By selective matching we mean that short-run players have the possibility of selecting the long-run player they play against. We find that selective matching (unlike random matching) favors the equilibrium associated to reputation in the ultimatum game, but not in the trust game.


Reputation Long-run equilibria Selective matching Games with an outside option 

JEL Classifications

C72 C73 L1 

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.European University InstituteFirenzeItaly

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