The Stag Hunt Game. Introduction. The stag hunt, first proposed by Rousseau, is a game which describes a conflict between safety and social cooperation. The concept goes something like this:.
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The stag hunt, first proposed by Rousseau, is a game which describes a conflict between safety and social cooperation.
The concept goes something like this:
Two hunters go out for the day looking for some prey. There are three possible targets...a large stag and a couple of hares. The only way to get a stag is for both hunters to work together. However if one goes for the stag and the other goes for a hare; he’ll end up with nothing. If you’re hunting for hares by yourself, you will get two for sure. If both hunters go for hares, each will get one; and therefore will have dinner regardless of what the other has chosen.
Therefore although hunting a hare produces less meat, it is potentially advantageous because it is really easy.