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Negatively Correlated Bandits

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  • Klein, Nicolas
  • Rady, Sven

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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 learn- ing 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 equilib- rium is unique, symmetric, and coincides with the planner's solution. For high stakes, the equilibrium is unique, symmetric, and tantamount to myopic behavior. For inter- mediate stakes, there is a continuum of equilibria.

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Paper provided by Free University of Berlin, Humboldt University of Berlin, University of Bonn, University of Mannheim, University of Munich in its series Discussion Paper Series of SFB/TR 15 Governance and the Efficiency of Economic Systems with number 243.

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Keywords: Strategic Experimentation; Two-Armed Bandit; Exponential Distribution; Poisson Process; Bayesian Learning; Markov Perfect Equilibrium;

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  1. Klein, Nicolas, 2013. "Strategic learning in teams," Games and Economic Behavior, Elsevier, vol. 82(C), pages 636-657.
  2. Jean Guillaume Forand, 2013. "Keeping Your options Open," Working Papers 1301, University of Waterloo, Department of Economics, revised Feb 2012.
  3. Matros, Alexander & Smirnov, Vladimir, 2011. "Treasure game," Working Papers 2011-10, University of Sydney, School of Economics.
  4. Kaustav Das, 2014. "Strategic Experimentation with Competition and Private Arrival of Information," Discussion Papers 1404, Exeter University, Department of Economics.
  5. Rosenberg, Dinah & Salomon, Antoine & Vieille, Nicolas, 2013. "On games of strategic experimentation," Games and Economic Behavior, Elsevier, vol. 82(C), pages 31-51.
  6. 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.
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  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.
  9. Alejandro Francetich, 2014. "Experimentation With Menus," Working Papers 516, IGIER (Innocenzo Gasparini Institute for Economic Research), Bocconi University.

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