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Rational Learning Leads to Nash Equilibrium

  • Kalai, Ehud
  • Lehrer, Ehud

Subjective utility maximizers, in an infinitely repeated game, will learn to predict opponents' future strategies and will converge to play according to a Nash equilibrium of the repeated game. Players' initial uncertainty is placed directly on opponents' strategies and the above result is obtained under the assumption that the individual beliefs are compatible with the chosen strategies. An immediate corollary is that, when playing a Harsanyi-Nash equilibrium of a repeated game of incomplete information about opponents' payoff matrices, players will eventually play a Nash equilibrium of the real game, as if they had complete information. Copyright 1993 by The Econometric Society.

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Paper provided by C.V. Starr Center for Applied Economics, New York University in its series Working Papers with number 91-18.

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Length: 34 pages
Date of creation: 1991
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