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Weighted congestion games with separable preferences

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Players in a congestion game may differ from one another in their intrinsic preferences (e.g., the benefit they get from using a specific resource), their contribution to congestion, or both. In many cases of interest, intrinsic preferences and the negative effect of congestion are (additively or multiplicatively) separable. This paper considers the implications of separability for the existence of pure-strategy Nash equilibrium and the prospects of spontaneous convergence to equilibrium. It is shown that these properties may or may not be guaranteed, depending on the exact nature of player heterogeneity.

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  • Milchtaich, Igal, 2009. "Weighted congestion games with separable preferences," Games and Economic Behavior, Elsevier, vol. 67(2), pages 750-757, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:gamebe:v:67:y:2009:i:2:p:750-757
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    1. Patrick Maillé & Peter Reichl & Bruno Tuffin, 2011. "Interplay between security providers, consumers, and attackers: a weighted congestion game approach," Post-Print inria-00560807, HAL.
    2. Clark Bowman & Jonathan Hodge & Ada Yu, 2014. "The potential of iterative voting to solve the separability problem in referendum elections," Theory and Decision, Springer, vol. 77(1), pages 111-124, June.
    3. Igal Milchtaich, 2013. "Representation of finite games as network congestion games," International Journal of Game Theory, Springer;Game Theory Society, vol. 42(4), pages 1085-1096, November.

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