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Negatively Correlated Bandits

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  • Sven Rady

    (Department of Economics, University of Munich)

  • Nicolas Klein

    (Munich Graduate School of Economics)

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We analyze a two-player game of strategic experimentation with two-armed bandits. Each player has to decide in continuous time whether to use a safe arm with a known payoff or a risky arm whose likelihood of delivering payoffs is initially unknown. The quality of the risky arms is perfectly negatively correlated between players. In marked contrast to the case where both risky arms are of the same type, we find that learning will be complete in any Markov perfect equilibrium if the stakes exceed a certain threshold, and that all equilibria are in cutoff strategies. For low stakes, the equilibrium is unique, symmetric, and coincides with the planner's solution. For high stakes, the equilibrium is unique, symmetric, and tantamount to myopic behavior. For intermediate stakes, there is a continuum of equilibria.

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Paper provided by Society for Economic Dynamics in its series 2008 Meeting Papers with number 136.

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  1. Cripps, Martin W., 2013. "Optimal learning of a set: Or how to edit a journal if you must," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 120(3), pages 384-388.
  2. Rosenberg, Dinah & Salomon, Antoine & Vieille, Nicolas, 2013. "On games of strategic experimentation," Games and Economic Behavior, Elsevier, vol. 82(C), pages 31-51.
  3. Klein, Nicolas, 2013. "Strategic learning in teams," Games and Economic Behavior, Elsevier, vol. 82(C), pages 636-657.
  4. Jean Guillaume Forand, 2011. "Keeping Your Options Open," 2011 Meeting Papers 82, Society for Economic Dynamics.
  5. Matros, Alexander & Smirnov, Vladimir, 2011. "Treasure game," Working Papers 2011-10, University of Sydney, School of Economics.
  6. Alejandro Francetich, 2014. "Experimentation With Menus," Working Papers 516, IGIER (Innocenzo Gasparini Institute for Economic Research), Bocconi University.
  7. Kaustav Das, 2014. "Strategic Experimentation with Competition and Private Arrival of Information," Discussion Papers 1404, Exeter University, Department of Economics.
  8. Roland G. Fryer, Jr. & Philipp Harms, 2013. "Two-Armed Restless Bandits with Imperfect Information: Stochastic Control and Indexability," NBER Working Papers 19043, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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