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I was working on this problem (part a) and I was wondering what is meant by the term 'the general case'. Does this mean just make assumptions c>0 and v>0 then just solve? or should i approach it as 'find all NE for different cases such as when v>c, c>v, c=v) attached question

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By the "general case" they probably mean that there are no restrictions on the parameters at all, so in (a) you should not make the usual assumptions that $c > v > 0$ or $v_1=v_2$, $c_1 = c_2$.

To be sure, you can ask a peer/your TA/your professor, this is a valid question.

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  • $\begingroup$ If i can't make the assumption that c>0 however, how will i know if the payoff for (H,H) is less than the payoffs for (D,D). I'm not sure how would i would calculate each players best response without this assumption? $\endgroup$ Apr 3, 2022 at 20:01
  • $\begingroup$ @dreadpirateroberts You would have to talk about NE case by case. Do ask your TA though. $\endgroup$
    – Giskard
    Apr 3, 2022 at 20:39

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