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Econometric Analysis of Games with Multiple Equilibria

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  • Áureo de Paula

    (Department of Economics, University College London, London WC1E 6BT, United Kingdom; Center for Microdata Methods and Practice (CeMMAP) and Institute for Fiscal Studies, London WC1E 7AE, United Kingdom)

Abstract

This article reviews the recent literature on the econometric analysis of games in which multiple solutions are possible. Multiplicity does not necessarily preclude the estimation of a particular model (and, in certain cases, even improves its identification), but ignoring it can lead to misspecifications. The review starts with a general characterization of structural models that highlights how multiplicity affects the classical paradigm. Because the information structure is an important guide to identification and estimation strategies, I discuss games of complete and incomplete information separately. Although many of the techniques discussed here can be transported across different information environments, some are specific to particular models. Models of social interactions are also surveyed. I close with a brief discussion of postestimation issues and research prospects.

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  • Áureo de Paula, 2013. "Econometric Analysis of Games with Multiple Equilibria," Annual Review of Economics, Annual Reviews, vol. 5(1), pages 107-131, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:anr:reveco:v:5:y:2013:p:107-131
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    identification; multiplicity; social interactions;
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    • C1 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General
    • C3 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables
    • C7 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory

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