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Axiomatic Theory of Equilibrium Selection in Signaling Games with Generic Payoffs

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  • Govindan, Srihari

    (U of Iowa)

  • Wilson, Robert B.

    (Stanford U)

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Three axioms from decision theory select sets of Nash equilibria of signaling games in extensive form with generic payoffs. The axioms require undominated strategies (admissibility), inclusion of a sequential equilibrium (backward induction), and dependence only on the game's normal form even when embedded in a larger game with redundant strategies or irrelevant players (small worlds). The axioms are satisfied by a set that is stable (Mertens, 1989) and conversely the axioms imply that each selected set is stable and thus an essential component of admissible equilibria with the same outcome.

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  • Govindan, Srihari & Wilson, Robert B., 2008. "Axiomatic Theory of Equilibrium Selection in Signaling Games with Generic Payoffs," Research Papers 2000, Stanford University, Graduate School of Business.
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