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Efficiency and Observability with Long-Run and Short-Run Players

In: A Long-Run Collaboration On Long-Run Games

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  • DREW FUDENBERG

    (Department of Economics, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138, USA)

  • DAVID K. LEVINE

    (University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California 90024-1477, USA)

Abstract

AbstractWe present a general algorithm for computing the limit, as δ → 1, of the set of payoffs of perfect public equilibria of repeated games with long-run and short-run players, allowing for the possibility that the players' actions are not observable by their opponents. We illustrate the algorithm with two economic examples. In a simple partnership we show how to compute the equilibrium payoffs when the folk theorem fails. In an investment game, we show that two competing capitalists subject to moral hazard may both become worse off if their firms are merged and they split the profits from the merger. Finally, we show that with short-run players each long-run player's highest equilibrium payoff is generally greater when their realized actions are observed.

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  • Drew Fudenberg & David K. Levine, 2008. "Efficiency and Observability with Long-Run and Short-Run Players," World Scientific Book Chapters, in: Drew Fudenberg & David K Levine (ed.), A Long-Run Collaboration On Long-Run Games, chapter 13, pages 275-307, World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd..
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    Keywords

    Long-Run Players; Limit Games; Robustness; Equilibrium; Reputation Effects; Repeated Games;

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    • I10 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - General

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