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Reasoning about strategies and rational play in dynamic games

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  • Giacomo Bonanno

    (Department of Economics, University of California Davis)

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We discuss the issues that arise in modeling the notion of common belief of rationality in epistemic models of dynamic games, in particular at the level of interpretation of strategies. A strategy in a dynamic game is defined as a function that associates with every information set a choice at that information set. Implicit in this definition is a set of counterfactual statements concerning what a player would do at information sets that are not reached, or a belief revision policy concerning behavior at information sets that are ruled out by the initial beliefs. We discuss the role of both objective and subjective counterfactuals in attempting to flesh out the interpretation of strategies in epistemic models of dynamic games.

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  • Giacomo Bonanno, 2014. "Reasoning about strategies and rational play in dynamic games," Working Papers 149, University of California, Davis, Department of Economics.
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    1. Bonanno, Giacomo, 2014. "A doxastic behavioral characterization of generalized backward induction," Games and Economic Behavior, Elsevier, vol. 88(C), pages 221-241.

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    Extensive-form game; strategy; counterfactual; belief revision; Kripke frame; modal logic;

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    • C7 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory

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