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A structure theorem for rationalizability in the normal form of dynamic games

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We prove that the structure theorem for rationalizability originally from Weinstein and Yildiz (2007) applies to any finite extensive-form game with perfect recall and suitably rich payoffs. We demonstrate that the ties induced by the extensive form do not change the result of Weinstein and Yildiz (2007). Specifically, like Weinstein and Yildiz (2007), we adopt the normal-form concept of interim correlated rationalizability and we assume that players have no relevant knowledge of the extensive-form payoff structure. The extensive-form result is weaker in the sense that while the result of Weinstein and Yildiz (2007) does not depend on the latter assumption, our result does. Our result implies that without restrictions on playersʼ knowledge of payoffs, the dynamic structure of extensive-form games offers no force for robust refinements of rationalizability. We also strengthen the main selection result of Weinstein and Yildiz (2007) by showing that the result holds for any (not necessarily finite) type.

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  • Chen, Yi-Chun, 2012. "A structure theorem for rationalizability in the normal form of dynamic games," Games and Economic Behavior, Elsevier, vol. 75(2), pages 587-597.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:gamebe:v:75:y:2012:i:2:p:587-597
    DOI: 10.1016/j.geb.2012.02.006
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    1. Heifetz, Aviad & Kets, Willemien, 2018. "Robust multiplicity with a grain of naiveté," Theoretical Economics, Econometric Society, vol. 13(1), January.
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    3. Chen, Yi-Chun & Takahashi, Satoru & Xiong, Siyang, 2014. "The robust selection of rationalizability," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, vol. 151(C), pages 448-475.
    4. Penta, Antonio, 2013. "On the structure of rationalizability for arbitrary spaces of uncertainty," Theoretical Economics, Econometric Society, vol. 8(2), May.
    5. Zaki Wahhaj, 2012. "Social Norms, Higher-Order Beliefs and the Emperor's New Clothes," Studies in Economics 1210, School of Economics, University of Kent.

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    Keywords

    Rationalizability; Incomplete information; Robustness; Universal type space; Higher-order beliefs; Extensive-form games;

    JEL classification:

    • C72 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Noncooperative Games
    • D80 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - General

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