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Evolutionary dynamics on infinite strategy spaces

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  • JÃrg Oechssler

    () (Department of Economics, University of Bonn, Adenauerallee 24, 53113 Bonn, GERMANY)

  • Frank Riedel

    () (Department of Economics, Humboldt University, Spandauer Strañe 1, 10178 Berlin, GERMANY)

Abstract

The study of evolutionary dynamics was so far mainly restricted to finite strategy spaces. In this paper we show that this unsatisfying restriction is unnecessary. We specify a simple condition under which the continuous time replicator dynamics are well defined for the case of infinite strategy spaces. Furthermore, we provide new conditions for the stability of rest points and show that even strict equilibria may be unstable. Finally, we apply this general theory to a number of applications like the Nash demand game, the War of Attrition, linear-quadratic games, the harvest preemption game, and games with mixed strategies.

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  • JÃrg Oechssler & Frank Riedel, 2001. "Evolutionary dynamics on infinite strategy spaces," Economic Theory, Springer;Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory (SAET), vol. 17(1), pages 141-162.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:joecth:v:17:y:2001:i:1:p:141-162 Note: Received: June 25, 1999; revised version: January 31, 2000
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    Keywords

    Replicator dynamics; Evolutionary stability; Continuous strategy spaces.;

    JEL classification:

    • C70 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - General
    • C72 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Noncooperative Games

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