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Nash and Limit Equilibria of Games with a Continuum of Players

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  • Carmona, Guilherme

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We show that a strategy is a Nash equilibrium in a game with a continuum of players if and only if there exists a sequence of finite games such that its restriction is an "n-equilibria, with "n converging to zero. In our characterization, the sequence of finite games approaches the continuum game in the sense that the set of players and the distribution of characteristics and actions in the finite games converge to those of the continuum game. These results render approximate equilibria of large finite economies as an alternative way of obtaining strategic insignificance. Also, they suggest defining a refinement of Nash equilibria for games with a continuum of agents as limit points of equilibria of finite games. This allows us to discard those Nash equilibria that are artifacts of the continuum model, making limit equilibrium a natural equilibrium concept for games with a continuum of players.

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Paper provided by Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Faculdade de Economia in its series FEUNL Working Paper Series with number wp442.

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Length: 39 pages
Date of creation: 2004
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Handle: RePEc:unl:unlfep:wp442

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Keywords: Nash equilibrium; limit equilibrium; noncooperative games; continuum of players;

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  1. Carmona, Guilherme, 2004. "Symmetric Approximate Equilibrium Distributions with Finite Support," FEUNL Working Paper Series wp441, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Faculdade de Economia.
  2. Carmona, Guilherme, 2004. "On the Existence of Equilibrium Bank Runs in a Diamond-Dybvig Environment," FEUNL Working Paper Series wp448, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Faculdade de Economia.
  3. Bodoh-Creed, Aaron, 2013. "Efficiency and information aggregation in large uniform-price auctions," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, vol. 148(6), pages 2436-2466.
  4. Yang, Jian, 2011. "Asymptotic interpretations for equilibria of nonatomic games," Journal of Mathematical Economics, Elsevier, vol. 47(4-5), pages 491-499.
  5. Carmona, Guilherme, 2007. "Bank failures caused by Large withdrawals: An explanation based purely on liquidity," Journal of Mathematical Economics, Elsevier, vol. 43(7-8), pages 818-841, September.

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