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The Folk Theorem with Imperfect Public Information

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  • Drew Fudenberg
  • David K. Levine
  • Eric Maskin

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The authors study repeated games in which players observe a public outcome that imperfectly signals the actions played. They provide conditions guaranteeing that any feasible, individually rational payoff vector of the stage game can arise as a perfect equilibrium of the repeated game with sufficiently little discounting. The central condition requires that there exist action profiles with the property that, for any two players, no two deviations--one by either player--give rise to the same probability distribution over public outcomes. The results apply to principal-agent, partnership, oligopoly, and mechanism-design models, and to one-shot games with transferable utilities. Copyright 1994 by The Econometric Society.

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Paper provided by David K. Levine in its series Levine's Working Paper Archive with number 2058.

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  1. Radner, Roy, 1985. "Repeated Principal-Agent Games with Discounting," Econometrica, Econometric Society, Econometric Society, vol. 53(5), pages 1173-98, September.
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