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Bargaining and Reputation

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  • D. Abreu
  • F. Gul

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A complete information bargaining model is amended to accommodate "irrational types" who are inflexible in their offers and demands. An "independence of procedures" result is derived: the bargaining outcome is independent of the details of the bargaining protocol if players can make offers frequently. In the limiting continuous-time game, equilibrium is unique, and entails delay, consequently inefficiency. As the probability of irrationality goes to zero, delay and inefficiency disappear; furthermore, if there are a rich set of types for both agents, their limit equilibrium payoffs are inversely proportional to their rates of time preference.

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Paper provided by Economics Department, Princeton University in its series Princeton Economic Theory Papers with number 00s9.

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Date of creation: Dec 1998
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Handle: RePEc:wop:prinet:00s9

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