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On the Inconsistency of Equilibrium Refinement

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Consistency and optimality together with converse consistency provide an illuminating and novel characterization of the equilibrium concept (Peleg and Tijs, 1996). But (together with non-emptiness) they preclude refinements of the equilibrium notion and selection of a unique equilibrium (Norde et al., 1996). We suggest two escape routes: By generalizing the concept of strict equilibrium we question the practical relevance of the existence requirement for refinements. To allow for equilibrium selection we suggest more complex reduced games which capture the inclinations of „players who already left“.

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  • Werner Güth, "undated". "On the Inconsistency of Equilibrium Refinement," Papers on Strategic Interaction 2002-48, Max Planck Institute of Economics, Strategic Interaction Group.
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