Group Stratification and Coordination Failure in a Continuous N-Player Stag Hunt


We reveal spontaneous group formation and differentiation in an online dynamic coordination experiment. We observe increased group stratification and attribute it to increases in pairwise cooperative behavior, rather than uncooperative behavior. Our network analyses document the fine scale structure of coordination failure in the face of many established determinants of coordination success. We explore previous work in coordination failure to frame our own findings. Factors that have been previously shown to improve coordination in discrete-time, forced-decision experimental games do not prevent decisive coordination failure in our real-time, asynchronous group decision-making environment.

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