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Information and timing in repeated partnerships

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  • Dilip Abreu
  • Paul Milgrom
  • David Pearce

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In a repeated partnership game with imperfect monitoring, the authors distinguish among the effects of (1) reducing the interest rate, (2) shortening the period over which actions are held fixed, and (3) shortening the lag with which accumulated information is reported. All three changes are equivalent in games with perfect monitoring. With imperfect monitoring, reducing the interest rate always increases the possibilities for cooperation, but the other two changes always have the reverse effect when the interest rate is small. Copyright 1991 by The Econometric Society.

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Paper provided by David K. Levine in its series Levine's Working Paper Archive with number 636.

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