Using Game Theory to Explain Why Some People Aren’t Wearing Masks

Is our freedom at risk?

Image of a crowd with someone holding up a peace sign.
Image of a crowd with someone holding up a peace sign.
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The answer: Prisoner’s Dilemma

Image of prisoner’s dilemma squares and outcomes.
Image of prisoner’s dilemma squares and outcomes.
Source: https://courses.lumenlearning.com/wm-microeconomics/chapter/prisoners-dilemma/

Without cooperation, we end up with inefficient outcomes

What can this teach us about the conflict surrounding social distancing?

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