Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Coordination and cooperation

Maarten C. W. Janssen a1

a1 Department of Economics, Erasmus University, 3000 DR, Rotterdam, The Netherlands [email protected]


This comment makes four related points. First, explaining coordination is different from explaining cooperation. Second, solving the coordination problem is more important for the theory of games than solving the cooperation problem. Third, a version of the Principle of Coordination can be rationalized on individualistic grounds. Finally, psychological game theory should consider how players perceive their gaming situation.