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Two-Stage Bargaining with Reversible Coalitions: the Case of Apex Games

  • Montero, Maria

    (University of Nottingham)

This paper studies coalition formation and payoff division in a class of majority games (apex games) assuming that payoff division can only be agreed upon after forming the coalition (two-stage bargaining) and that negotiations in the coalition can break down and a new coalition be formed (reversible coalitions). In contrast with the results of other two-stage models, all minimal winning coalitions may form and expected payoffs coincide with the per capita nucleolus. These results are robust to small changes in the bargaining procedure. Surprisingly, having a two-stage process (rather than a one-stage process with simultaneous coalition formation and payoff division) benefits the apex player.

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Paper provided by Royal Economic Society in its series Royal Economic Society Annual Conference 2003 with number 157.

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Date of creation: 04 Jun 2003
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Handle: RePEc:ecj:ac2003:157
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