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Just looking to see if anyone has any knowledge of original work for pareto refinement of NE under strategic form. I want to give credit to the refinement in a paper I am writing. I pulled the refinement from Nachbar's notes on "Topics in Advanced Game Theory", but obviously that is not a reliable source to cite.

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I think you're referring to the criterion of payoff dominance in equilibrium selection. This idea can be attributed to Harsanyi and Selten (1988):

  • John C. Harsanyi and Reinhard Selten. 1988. A General Theory of Equilibrium Selection in Games, MIT Press.
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  • $\begingroup$ Yes, yes this is it! I think Pareto refining is a slightly less scholarly definition of it, but yea this seems to be it. Much appreciated. $\endgroup$ – Nicholas Lacourse Apr 23 '18 at 17:18

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