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Complete Characterization of Acceptable Game Forms by Effectivity Functions

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  • Bezalel Peleg

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Acceptable game forms were introduced in Hurwicz and Schmeidler (1978). Dutta (1984) considered effectivity functions of acceptable game forms. This paper unifies and extends the foregoing two papers. We obtain the following characterization of the effectivity functions of acceptable game forms: An effectivity function belongs to some acceptable game form if (i) it belongs to some Nash consistent game forms; and (ii) it satisfies an extra simple condition (our (3.1) or (4.2)). (Nash consistent game forms have already been characterized by their effectivity functions in Peleg et al. (2001).) As a corollary of our characterization we show that every acceptable game form violates minimal liberalism.

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Paper provided by The Center for the Study of Rationality, Hebrew University, Jerusalem in its series Discussion Paper Series with number dp283.

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Length: 19 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2002
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Publication status: Published as "Representation of effectivity functions by acceptable game forms: A complete characterization" in Social Sciences, 2004, vol. 47, pp. 275-287
Handle: RePEc:huj:dispap:dp283

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  1. Hans Keiding & Bezalel Peleg, 1999. "Stable Voting Procedures for Committees in Economic Environments," Discussion Papers 99-20, University of Copenhagen. Department of Economics.
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