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Commitment and observability in games

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  • Bagwell, Kyle

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Models of commitment make two assumptions: there is a first mover, and his action is perfectly observed by the subsequent mover. The purpose of this paper is to disentangle these two assumptions, in order to see if a strategic benefit from commitment remains when the first mover's choice is imperfectly observed. The basic finding is that the first-mover advantage is eliminated when there is even a slight amount of noise associated with the observation of the first mover's selection. Journal of Economic Literature Classification Number: C72.

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

Volume (Year): 8 (1995)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 271-280

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Handle: RePEc:eee:gamebe:v:8:y:1995:i:2:p:271-280

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