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Bayesian repeated games and reputation

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  • Salomon, Antoine
  • Forges, Françoise

We consider two-person undiscounted and discounted infinitely repeated games in which every player privately knows his own payoffs (private values). Under a further assumption (existence of uniform punishment strategies), the Nash equilibria of the Bayesian infinitely repeated game without discounting are payoff-equivalent to tractable, completely revealing, equilibria. This characterization does not apply to discounted games with sufficiently patient players. We show that in a class of public good games, the set of Nash equilibrium payoffs of the undiscounted game can be empty, while limit (perfect Bayesian) Nash equilibrium payoffs of the discounted game, as players become increasingly patient, do exist. These equilibria share some features with the ones of two-sided reputation models.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Economic Theory.

Volume (Year): 159 (2015)
Issue (Month): PA ()
Pages: 70-104

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Handle: RePEc:eee:jetheo:v:159:y:2015:i:pa:p:70-104
DOI: 10.1016/j.jet.2015.05.014
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