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Privately Observed Time Horizons in Repeated Games

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  • Renault, Regis

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This paper considers the repetition of a finite two person game when each player knows an upper bound on the length of the game, but assigns a positive probability to his opponent overestimating the length of the game. It is shown that with sufficiently little discounting, any payoff vector that strictly Pareto dominates that of a Nash equilibrium of the constituent game can be sustained in a Perfect Bayesian Equilibrium if the number of periods remaining is sufficiently large.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Games and Economic Behavior.

Volume (Year): 33 (2000)
Issue (Month): 1 (October)
Pages: 117-125

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Handle: RePEc:eee:gamebe:v:33:y:2000:i:1:p:117-125

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