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On the belief (in-)dependence of sequential equilibria

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  • Carlsson, Hans
  • Wichardt, Philipp C.

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In this paper, we demonstrate that the existence of sequential equilibria may depend on the players holding beliefs which are tailored to the respective equilibrium but otherwise difficult to justify. We also discuss potential remedies.

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  • Carlsson, Hans & Wichardt, Philipp C., 2012. "On the belief (in-)dependence of sequential equilibria," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 115(3), pages 504-507.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:115:y:2012:i:3:p:504-507
    DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2011.12.129
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    1. Hans Carlsson & Philipp Christoph Wichardt, 2019. "Strict Incentives and Strategic Uncertainty," CESifo Working Paper Series 7715, CESifo Group Munich.

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    Keywords

    Beliefs; Sequential equilibrium; Existence;

    JEL classification:

    • C72 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Noncooperative Games

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