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On the value of optimal stopping games


  • Erik Ekstrom
  • Stephane Villeneuve


We show, under weaker assumptions than in the previous literature, that a perpetual optimal stopping game always has a value. We also show that there exists an optimal stopping time for the seller, but not necessarily for the buyer. Moreover, conditions are provided under which the existence of an optimal stopping time for the buyer is guaranteed. The results are illustrated explicitly in two examples.

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  • Erik Ekstrom & Stephane Villeneuve, 2006. "On the value of optimal stopping games," Papers math/0610324,
  • Handle: RePEc:arx:papers:math/0610324

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    7. Luis H. R. Alvarez E., 2006. "Minimum Guaranteed Payments and Costly Cancellation Rights: A Stopping Game Perspective," Discussion Papers 12, Aboa Centre for Economics.
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