game theory, sub-game perfect equilibrium, fairness norms
The Ultimatum Game is a two-person, multiple-strategy game widely used in the experimental social sciences to demonstrate the human propensity for costly punishment in response to inequitable treatment. The game serves to provide quantitative evidence for a diversity of fairness norms across cultures. The play of the game and its interpretation offer nuanced views of the nature and importance of quantitative literacy. Its use in a writing seminar connecting quantitative literacy and social justice is described.
Root, Robert G.. "The Ultimatum Game: An Introduction to Quantitative Literacy in a Social Justice Context." Numeracy 12, Iss. 2 (2019): Article 4. DOI: https://doi.org/10.5038/1936-46126.96.36.199
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