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A basic solution concept in game theory that requires each player to select their best response to the strategies chosen by others.

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Has the Nash Equilibrium lead to any significant economic discoveries?

The Nash Equilibrium provided a new look at certain economic problems and won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 1994. Since it's creation, the Nash Equilibrium has been applied to "...
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Submodularity property in congestion games?

Let $G$ be a $n$-players and $m$-elements congestion game. For an equilibrium $e$, denote by $$SUP(e)\triangleq<sup_1(e),sup_2(e),\ldots, sup_n(e)>$$ Where $sup_i(e)$ contains the support of ...
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Nash equilibrium - mistake in proof of paper?

I have a question regarding the proof of Proposition 1 in Besley and Ghatak (2007) in Appendix A of their paper. It is a quite highly cited paper but I believe there is a mistake in the proof of their ...
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What is the definition of a “Stackelberg leader-leader equilibrium”?

I have encountered the equilibrium concept of "Stackelberg leader-leader equilibrium" while reading Product Line Rivalry (AER, Brander and Eaton (1984). They say "we define a Stackelberg strategy as ...
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Rosen's Diagonal Strict Concavity condition

Consider a game with $n$ players, with strategy space $S \subset \mathbb{R}$, where $S$ is bounded set, and player's $i$ payoff function $\pi_i:S^n \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$. Rosen's condition (J. B. ...
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How infinite Nash equilibria are possible in a game?

I was studying games when one of the players seems to be indifferent between two or more pure strategies because he gets the same payoff with each strategy. We say that there are infinite Nash ...
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Is there always a pure Nash equilibrium in a resource selection game?

Denote $[r]\triangleq\{1,2,\ldots,r\}$. Consider a game with $n$ players, $[n]$, each has $m$ strategies, $[m]$. Each player $i$ has an associated payoff function, which considers only his selected ...
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Can a game with a unique pure strategy Nash equilibrium also have a mixed strategy equilibria?

Consider an arbitrary 2x2 simultaneous game with complete information. Say that the model has only one pure-strategy Nash equilibrium. For example (first pay-off refers to Player 1): ...
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Bayesian-Nash equilibrium in a first-price auction

In a famous textbook example of a Bayesian-Nash equilibrium, there is a first-price auction with two independent players. Each player $i$ values the item as $v_i$, which is distributed uniformly in $[...
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Why is infinite recursion on the common knowledge assumption necessary?

If something is common knowledge in a game, that means that every player knows it, and every player knows that every player knows it, and so on. Are there cases where only one such level of knowing ...
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Arguing uniqueness of Bayes-Nash equilibrium in an auction setting

In an auction setting with interdependent values, let $\theta_i$ denote the type of player $i$ and $m_i$ that player's message (a bid, essentially). I have calculated the best response function as: $$...
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Are symmetric equilibria continuous with respect to the payoff matrix?

Assume a two player symmetric game where the payoff for the row player is given by: $$ A = \left( \begin{array}{cc} a_{1,1} & a_{1,2} &\cdots & a_{1,n}\\ a_{2,1} & a_{2,2} &\cdots &...
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How does the core relate to strong equilibrium?

An allocation is in the core if there's no coalition that blocks it. A strong equilibrium (Aumann, 1959) is a Nash equilibrium in which no coalition, taking the actions of its complements as given, ...
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Is a mixed strategy ever the best response to a pure strategy?

Suppose you are playing a game against an opponent whom you know only uses pure strategies. My question is, is there any such game in which using a mixed strategy in response is better than all the ...
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Difference between Sequential and Weak Sequential (Weak Perfect Bayesian) Equilibria?

This is in reference to the Game theoretic concepts as Nash equilibrium refinements. Sequential equilibrium are often defined as satisfying two conditions: consistency and sequential rationality. ...
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Example of a game with no Nash equilibria but at least one correlated equilibrium

In this answer there is the offhand remark Of course, a game with no Nash equilibria may have a correlated equilibrium, but I'm not aware of any simple examples where this is the case. Can ...
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Monopolistic and Bertrand (Nash) Competition

Can we view the monopolistic competition equilibrium (a la Dixit-Stigliz) as the limit case of a Bertrand competition with an infinite number of firms providing differentiated products, where the ...
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(Why) was von Neumann not a fan of the Nash equillibrium concept?

Charles A. Holt and Alvin E. Roth's The Nash equilibrium: A perspective notes: "In a personal communication with one of the authors, Nash notes that von Neumann was a “European gentleman” but was not ...
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Is a Nash equilibrium anything more than what it is?

(Sorry for the fuzzy title, could not think of something more informative. Feel free to suggest improvements) This question is somewhat of a generalization of "Osborne, Nash equilibria and the ...
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Does the concept of Nash-equilibrium conflict with the concept of market equilibrium in the lemon market

Consider a version of Akerlof's Lemon market with two types of sellers. One type sells Quality cars the other type sells Lemons. Buyers' reservation prices are $r_{B,Q}$ for a Quality car and $r_{B,L}$...
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Mixed strategies: Nash equilibrium

I'm working on a game theory problem.I'm having trouble understanding what the mixed strategy nash equilibrium is exactly in this game. The game is :Two players have to choose how distribute a piece ...
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Are symmetric equilibria monotone?

Assume a two player symmetric game is given by $n\times n$ payoff matrix $A$ for the row player (and $A^t$ for the column player). Let $B$ be a matrix such that $\forall i,j\in [n]:B_{i, j}\geq A_{i,...
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Game theory software

I was wondering what software/libraries everyone uses to simulate games? For instance finding the Nash Equilibrium. I see that Gambit is a popular one, but I was wondering if there are any other good ...
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Existence of Symmetric Pure Strategy Equilibrium

I have 2 symmetric players $A$ and $B$. Each of them has 2 decision variables $x_i\in[0, \beta]$ and $y_i\in[0,1]$, where $i\in\{A,B\}$. Their payoff functions are symmetric, i.e., if you swap the ...
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Interpretation of Solution Concepts

I was wondering whether there is a neat overview over different interpretations of game theoretic solution concepts such as Nash equilibrium, Sequential Equilibrium and the like. Textbooks I found ...
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Definition of Bayesian Nash equilibrium

I have a basic doubt on the definition of Bayesian Nash equilibrium. Consider the following game: 1) $N$ players. 2) Each player $i$ has a type, assigned by nature and denoted by $\epsilon_i$. ...
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Static game with complete but imperfect information

I am confused on the concept of static game with complete but imperfect information and its consequences on the equilibrium definition. Suppose we have 2 players. Each player $i$ chooses action $Y_i\...
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NE equilibrium with lobbying of cournot producers

I have had an exam (exam is now past and submitted, but I want to now understand the solution without waiting) with the following questions: GAME Consider two firms playing the following two-stage ...
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Computing pure strategy Nash equilibria in finite games

I am trying to compute the (pure strategy) Nash equilibria of some discrete auctions. More precisely, let us define the strategy of each player as a function mapping from every valuation that they ...
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Nash equilibrium of sequence of games

My setting is the following. I have a sequence of games $\lbrace G_n \rbrace$ in which the strategy space is $S=[0,1]^2$, there are two players $(I=\lbrace 1,2 \rbrace)$, and payoff functions are ...
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Unique Nash-equilibria in multi-unit auctions with uncertain participation

Setup Consider a one shot sealed bid multi-unit auction where $N$ bidders compete for $K$ identical objects and each bidder $i$ has demand $d_i\in \{1,\dots,K\}$. Bidders receive private i.i.d. ...
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Nash equilibrium for Bertrand Model with Spatial Differentiation

Consider a town with consumers represented by a closed interval $[0,2]$ with the consumers spread continuously and uniformly. There are two stores, $A$ and $B$ who sell the same product at $p_A$ and $...
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Existence of nash equilibria in finite games

I was going through the proof of existence of a Nash Equilibria in finite normal form games (Proof via Brouwer’s theorem) and got a question regarding the requirement of finiteness for the number of ...
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Why is the symmetric grim trigger not a Nash?

Consider the stage game: Let $\delta\in(0,1)$ be the discount factor. Let $G$ be the symmetric grim trigger strategy profile. The payoffs are then $$E_{A}(G) = E_{B}(G) = \sum_{i=0}^{\infty}3\delta^{...
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Stag Hare inefficient Nash Equilibrium and level-K thinking

Two players $i,j$; both have two strategies $\{h,s\}$. The payoffs vector of $i,j$: $u(h,h)=(5,5)$ (if both players choose $\{h\}$ then $i$ receives 5 and $j$ receives 5) $u(h,s)=(10,0)$ $u(s,h)=(0,10)...
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Comparing Nash equilibria

Suppose two players play the following game: \begin{array}{cc} & L & R \\ U & 1,1 & 0,0 \\ D & 0,0 & 4,4 \end{array} Is there any way to compare the top-left Nash ...
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Does the value of a pure strategy Nash equilibrium(if exists) equal the value of the mix strategy Nash equilibrium in two-person zero-sum game?

Given a two-person zero-sum game, a mixed strategy Nash equilibrium always exists and all such equilibria have the same value. A pure strategy Nash equilibrium, however, may not exist. My question is:...
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Nash Equilibrium for n-shops Location Game

So if two ice cream shops were to be placed in the location $[0,1]$, inorder to maximize their own pay offs, they both would finally come to the location $[\frac{1}{2}, \frac{1}{2}]$. This is also the ...
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If a game admits a unique Nash equilibirum, does common knowledge of rationality implies Nash equilibirum?

In a highly controversial paper by Robert Aumann(see here), it is stated as a theorem: In PI games, common knowledge of rationality implies backward induction. If we stick to the strong and ...
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Is the Nash product really maximised ex post?

In my game theory class this term, we studied Nash bargaining. It is only now when starting to prepare for the exam that I have come to realise there is something I fundamentally don't understand, and ...
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Confusion about the convexity of the best response correspondence

I am recently reading the proof of the existence of the Nash Equilibrium. As a math student, I do understand the use of Berge's maximum theorem and Kakutani's fixed point theorem, but I am not sure ...
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Rationalizable action profiles in nice symmetric games

Suppose we have a nice symmetric game with $n$ players, i.e. each player's action space is the same compact interval of the real line. I am tasked with identifying all of the rationalizable action ...
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Non-cooperative Nash Equilibrium in political game

I have difficulties deriving the non-cooperative Nash Equilibrium of this problem. The objective function is to maximize the expected total rent over the two periods, that is: \begin{align} \max_{...
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Necessary indifference conditions in mixed equilibrium

Suppose we are playing a game where the Action set for Player 1 is $(a,b)$, for Player 2 is $(c,d)$, and for Player 3 is $(L,M,R)$. Assume that for Player 3, the action $M$ is weakly dominated by some ...
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Disagreement in Strategic Bargaining

Construct a pair of startegies for the ultimatum game ($T=1$ bargaining game), that constitutes a Nash Equilibrium and together support the outcome that there is no agreement reached by the two ...
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Identifying Nash equilibria in extensive form game

Is there a systematic way of identifying all (pure strategy) Nash equilibria (not just the subgame perfect ones) in an extensive form game? In the following Entrant v Resident example, there are three ...
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Trembling hand perfection and weakly dominated strategies

It is well known that players cannot use weakly dominated strategies in a trembling hand perfect equilibrium. My question, however, is a little different: does iterated deletion of weakly dominated ...
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Pareto optimality and Externalities

Let's consider 5 farmers, each of them has 2 cows to put into the field. So every farmers can put 0,1 or 2 cows. I denote the three stategies by $q_i$, i=0,1,2. Now, the payoffs ( i.e. the amout of ...
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Rosen's unique equilibrium conditions: Multi dimensional strategies?

I was wondering if the uniqueness of equilibrium conditions in n-person games as published in Rosen's 1965 paper (J. B. Rosen. Existence and uniqueness of equilibrium points for concave n-person games....
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Existence of symmetric trembling hand perfect equilibria

Consider symmetric and finite game. By Nash (1950), the game must have at least one symmetric equilibrium (proof). Also, it must have at least one trembling hand perfect equilibrium (proof). ...