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Comparing Bargaining Solutions in the Shadow of Conflict: How Norms Against Threats Can Have Real Effects

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  • Anbarci, N.
  • Skaperdas, S.
  • Syropoulos, C.

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In many economic environments agents make costly and irreversible investments that may enhance their respective threat payoffs but also shrink the utility possibilities set. In such settings, with variable threats and a variable utility possibilities set, it becomes possible to rank different bargaining solutions in terms of efficiency. We compare bargaining solutions within a class in which the influence of the threat point on the bargaining outcome varies across solutions.

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Paper provided by California Irvine - School of Social Sciences in its series Papers with number 00-01-19.

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Length: 19 pages
Date of creation: 2000
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Handle: RePEc:fth:calirv:00-01-19

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Postal: UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA IRVINE, SCHOOL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, IRVINECALIFORNIA 91717 U.S.A.

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Keywords: INVESTMENTS ; COSTS ; CONFLICTS;

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