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Ambiguity and Social Interaction

  • Burkhard C. Schipper
  • David Kelsey

    (Department of Economics, University of California Davis)

We present a non-technical account of ambiguity in strategic games and show how it may be applied to economics and social sciences. Optimistic and pessimistic responses to ambiguity are formally modelled. We show that pessimism has the effect of increasing (decreasing) equilibrium prices under Cournot (Bertrand) competition. In addition the effects of ambiguity on peace-making are examined. It is shown that ambiguity may select equilibria in coordination games with multiple equilibria. Some comparative statics results are derived for the impact of ambiguity in games with strategic complements.

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Paper provided by University of California, Davis, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 536.

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Date of creation: 14 Nov 2005
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