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A characterization of sequential equilibrium in terms of AGM belief revision

  • Giacomo Bonanno

    (Department of Economics, University of California Davis)

In [G. Bonanno, Rational choice and AGM belief revision, Artificial Intelligence, 2009] a semantics for one-stage AGM belief revision was proposed based on choice frames, borrowed from the rational choice literature. In this paper we extend the semantics of choice frames to deal with iterated belief revision and use the corresponding structures to analyze extensive-form games. Choice frames can be used to represent a player's initial beliefs and disposition to change those beliefs when informed that it is her turn to move. If the frame satisfies AGM-consistency and a natural postulate for iterated belief revision, then it is rationalizable by a total pre-order on the set of histories. We show that three properties of this total pre-order, together with the hypothesis of agreement among players, provide a characterization of the notion of consistent assessment, which is the central component of the notion of sequential equilibrium proposed by Kreps and Wilson [Econometrica, 1982].

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Paper provided by University of California, Davis, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 914.

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Date of creation: 13 Oct 2009
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  1. Bonanno, G., 1991. "Players' Information in Extensive Games," Papers 393, California Davis - Institute of Governmental Affairs.
  2. Kohlberg, Elon & Reny, Philip J., 1997. "Independence on Relative Probability Spaces and Consistent Assessments in Game Trees," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, vol. 75(2), pages 280-313, August.
  3. Bonanno, Giacomo, 2004. "Memory and perfect recall in extensive games," Games and Economic Behavior, Elsevier, vol. 47(2), pages 237-256, May.
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  9. Battigalli, Pierpaolo & Bonanno, Giacomo, 1999. "Synchronic information, knowledge and common knowledge in extensive games," Research in Economics, Elsevier, vol. 53(1), pages 77-99, March.
  10. Giacomo Bonanno & Klaus Nehring, 1999. "How to make sense of the common prior assumption under incomplete information," International Journal of Game Theory, Springer, vol. 28(3), pages 409-434.
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