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Perfect Equilibrium in a Model of Competitive Arms Accumulation

  • van der Ploeg, F
  • de Zeeuw, A J

This paper shows that the subgame-perfect Nash strategic equilibrium, which is relevant when countries can monitor their rival's weapon stock, leads to lower levels of arms and higher welfare than the standard open-loop Nash strategic equilibrium for an arms race. This result is derived for a model of competitive arms accumulation, in which two countries face a classic "guns versus butter" dilemma in the form of utilities that depend on consumption, leisure, and the characteristic defense. Moreover, it is argued that the perfect equilibrium strategies lead to a more satisfactory strategic underpinning of the well-know Richardson equations. Copyright 1990 by Economics Department of the University of Pennsylvania and the Osaka University Institute of Social and Economic Research Association.

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Article provided by Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania and Osaka University Institute of Social and Economic Research Association in its journal International Economic Review.

Volume (Year): 31 (1990)
Issue (Month): 1 (February)
Pages: 131-46

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Handle: RePEc:ier:iecrev:v:31:y:1990:i:1:p:131-46
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