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Strategic bargaining with destructive power

  • Manzini, Paola

This paper studies a two-player alternating offers bargaining model in which one of the agents has the ability to damage permanently the ``pie'' bargained over. I show how this feature can result in an increase of the cost of rejecting an offer for the ``non-harming player''. Beside the ``Rubinstenian'' bilateral monopoly outcome, I show that it is possible to select a ``harming'' equilibrium in which the sequence of damages to the pie is endogenously determined and payoffs do not vary monotonically with the discount factor.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 65 (1999)
Issue (Month): 3 (December)
Pages: 315-322

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