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Uncertainty Aversion and Backward Induction


  • Jorn Rothe

    (London School of Economics)


In the context of the centipede game this paper discusses a solution concept for extensive games that is based on subgame perfection and uncertainty aversion. Players who deviate from the equilibrium path are considered non- rational. Rational players who face non-rational opponents face genuine uncertainty and may have non-additive beliefs about their future play. Rational players are boundedly uncertainty averse and maximise Choquet expected utility. It is shown that if the centipede game is sufficiently long, then the equilibrium strategy is to play `Across' early in the game and to play `Down' late in the game.

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  • Jorn Rothe, 2000. "Uncertainty Aversion and Backward Induction," Econometric Society World Congress 2000 Contributed Papers 1610, Econometric Society.
  • Handle: RePEc:ecm:wc2000:1610

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