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Coalition Formation as a Dynamic Process

  • Hideo Konishi

    ()

    (Boston College)

  • Debraj Ray

    ()

    (New York University)

We study coalition formation as an ongoing, dynamic process,with payoffs generated as coalitions form, disintegrate, or regroup. A process of coalition formation (PCF) is an equilibrium if a coalitional move to some other state can be "justified" by the expectation of higher future value, compared to inaction. This future value,in turn,is endogenous: it depends on coalitional movements at each node. We study existence of equilibrium PCFs. We connect deterministic equilibrium PCFs with unique absorbing state to the core, and equilibrium PCFs with multiple absorbing states to the largest consistent set.In addition, we study cyclical as well as stochastic equilibrium PCFs.

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Paper provided by Boston College Department of Economics in its series Boston College Working Papers in Economics with number 478.

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Length: 46 pages
Date of creation: 01 Aug 2000
Date of revision: 15 Apr 2002
Publication status: Published, Journal of Economic Theory, 110, 1-41.
Handle: RePEc:boc:bocoec:478
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