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Equilibrium Uniqueness in Entry Games with Private Information

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We study equilibrium uniqueness in entry games with private information. Our framework embeds models commonly used in applied work, allowing rich forms of firm heterogeneity and selective entry. We introduce the notion of strength, which summarizes a firm's ability to endure competition. In environments of applied interest, an equilibrium in which entry strategies are ranked according to strength, called herculean equilibrium, always exists. Thus, when the entry game has a unique equilibrium, it must be herculean. We derive simple sufficient conditions guaranteeing equilibrium uniqueness and, consequently, robust counterfactual analyses.

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  • Jos'-Antonio Esp'n-S'nchez & 'lvaro Parra & Yuzhou Wang, 2018. "Equilibrium Uniqueness in Entry Games with Private Information," Cowles Foundation Discussion Papers 2126R, Cowles Foundation for Research in Economics, Yale University, revised May 2021.
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