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An Epistemic Characterisation of Extensive Form Rationalisability

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  • Pierpaolo Battigalli

    (Princeton University and European University Institute)

  • Marciano Siniscalchi

    (Princeton University)

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We use an extensive form, universal type space to provide the following epistemic characterisation of extensive form rationalisability. Say that player i strongly believes event E if i is certain of E conditional on each of her information sets consistent with E. Our main contribution is to show that a strategy profile s is extensive form rationalisable if and only if there is a state in which s is played and (0) everybody is rational, (1) everybody strongly believes (0), (2) everybody strongly believes (0) & (1), (3) everybody strongly believes (0) & (1) & (2), .... This result also allows us to provide sufficient epistemic conditions for the backward induction outcome and to relate extensive form rationalisability and conditional common certainty of rationality.

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Paper provided by Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei in its series Working Papers with number 1999.25.

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Keywords: Rationalisability; Extensive Form Games;

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  1. Battigalli, Pierpaolo & Bonanno, Giacomo, 1999. "Recent results on belief, knowledge and the epistemic foundations of game theory," Research in Economics, Elsevier, vol. 53(2), pages 149-225, June.

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