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Privately Observed Time Horizons in Repeated Games


  • Renault, Regis


This paper considers the repetition of a finite two person game when each player knows an upper bound on the length of the game, but assigns a positive probability to his opponent overestimating the length of the game. It is shown that with sufficiently little discounting, any payoff vector that strictly Pareto dominates that of a Nash equilibrium of the constituent game can be sustained in a Perfect Bayesian Equilibrium if the number of periods remaining is sufficiently large.
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  • Renault, Regis, 2000. "Privately Observed Time Horizons in Repeated Games," Games and Economic Behavior, Elsevier, vol. 33(1), pages 117-125, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:gamebe:v:33:y:2000:i:1:p:117-125

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    • C70 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - General


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