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The Repeated Prisoner’s Dilemma in a Network

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  • Markus Kinateder

    (Universidad de Navarra)

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Imperfect private monitoring in an infinitely repeated discounted Prisoner’s Dilemma played on a communication network is studied. Players observe their direct neighbors’ behavior only, but communicate strategically the repeated game’s history throughout the network. The delay in receiving this information requires the players to be more patient to sustain the same level of cooperation as in a complete network, although a Folk Theorem obtains when the players are patient enough. All equilibria under exogenously imposed truth-telling extend to strategic communication, and additional ones arise due to richer communication. There are equilibria in which a player lies. The flow of information is related with network centrality measures.

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Paper provided by Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei in its series Working Papers with number 2010.120.

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Handle: RePEc:fem:femwpa:2010.120

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Keywords: Repeated Game; Prisoner’s Dilemma; Imperfect Private Monitoring; Network; Strategic Communication; Centrality;

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  1. Kinateder, Markus, 2009. "Delayed Perfect Monitoring in Repeated Games," MPRA Paper 20443, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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