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Stochastic imitative game dynamics with committed agents

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We consider models of stochastic evolution in two-strategy games in which agents employ imitative decision rules. We introduce committed agents: for each strategy, we suppose that there is at least one agent who plays that strategy without fail. We show that unlike the standard imitative model, the model with committed agents generates unambiguous infinite horizon predictions: the asymptotics of the stationary distribution do not depend on the order in which the mutation rate and population size are taken to their limits.

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  • Sandholm, William H., 2012. "Stochastic imitative game dynamics with committed agents," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, vol. 147(5), pages 2056-2071.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jetheo:v:147:y:2012:i:5:p:2056-2071
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jet.2012.05.018
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    Keywords

    Evolutionary game theory; Imitation; Committed agents; Stochastic stability; Equilibrium selection;
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    JEL classification:

    • C72 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Noncooperative Games
    • C73 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Stochastic and Dynamic Games; Evolutionary Games

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