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A universal construction generating potential games

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Strategic games are considered where each player's total utility is the sum of local utilities obtained from the use of certain “facilities.” All players using a facility obtain the same utility therefrom, which may depend on the identities of users and on their behavior. If a “trimness” condition is satisfied by every facility, then the game admits an exact potential; conversely, if a facility is not trim, adding it to a potential game may destroy that property. In both congestion games and games with structured utilities, all facilities are trim. Under additional assumptions the potential attains its maximum, which is a Nash equilibrium of the game.

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  • Kukushkin, Nikolai S., 2018. "A universal construction generating potential games," Games and Economic Behavior, Elsevier, vol. 108(C), pages 331-340.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:gamebe:v:108:y:2018:i:c:p:331-340
    DOI: 10.1016/j.geb.2017.02.012
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    1. Kukushkin, Nikolai, 2019. "Quasiseparable aggregation in games with common local utilities," MPRA Paper 93588, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Nikolai S. Kukushkin, 2017. "Inseparables: exact potentials and addition," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 37(2), pages 1176-1181.

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    Keywords

    Potential game; Congestion game; Game with structured utilities; Game of social interactions; Additive aggregation;

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

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