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Strategic Effects and Incentives in Multi-issue Bargaining Games

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  • Francesca Flamini

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The focus of the paper is on issue-by-issue bargaining procedures in which parties are allowed to differ not only in their valuations of the issues but also in their rates of time-preference. We show that the interplay of the forces in the bargaining game is complex and standard assumptions in the literature, such as a common discount factor, can be strong. We investigate the SPE of the game when the order of the issues can be changed and show that parties can have the same preferences over agendas when they both agree over the importance of an issue or when they disagree (if corner solutions are allowed and/or there is a difficult/urgent issue).

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Paper provided by Business School - Economics, University of Glasgow in its series Working Papers with number 2005_5.

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