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More strategies, more Nash equilibria

  • Bade, Sophie
  • Haeringer, Guillaume
  • Renou, Ludovic

This short paper isolates a non-trivial class of games for which there exists a monotone relation between the size of pure strategy spaces and the number of pure Nash equilibria (Theorem). This class is that of two- player nice games, i.e., games with compact real intervals as strategy spaces and continuous and strictly quasi-concave payoff functions, assumptions met by many economic models. We then show that the sufficient conditions for Theorem to hold are tight.

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Volume (Year): 135 (2007)
Issue (Month): 1 (July)
Pages: 551-557

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