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Schelling Point: Cooperating Without Communicating

Schelling Point: Cooperating Without Communicating

It is a game theory by Thomas Schelling. It’s about multiplayer games where people respond based on what they think the other person’s response will be.

 How do you get people who cannot communicate with each other to coordinate?

Seems impossible, but you can use social norms to converge on a Schelling point.

Suppose two companies are competing heavily and hold an oligopoly. Let’s say the price fluctuates between $8 and $12 for whatever the service is. Don’t be surprised if they converge on $10 without ever talking to each other.

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