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Markov-perfect Nash equilibria in a class of resource games

  • Gerhard Sorger

    (Department of Economics, University of Vienna, BrØnner Str. 72, A-1210 Vienna, AUSTRIA)

A general model of non-cooperating agents exploiting a renewable resource is considered. Assuming that the resource is sufficiently productive we prove that there exists a continuum of Markov-perfect Nash equilibria (MPNE). Although these equilibria lead to over-exploitation one can approximate the efficient solution by MPNE both in the state space and the payoff space. Furthermore, we derive a necessary and sufficient condition for maximal exploitation of the resource to qualify as a MPNE. This condition is satisfied if there are sufficiently many players, or if the players are sufficiently impatient, or if the capacity of each player is sufficiently high.

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Volume (Year): 11 (1997)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 79-100

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Note: Received: November 1, 1996
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