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Experimentation, Imitation, and Stochastic Stability

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  • Douglas Gale

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  • Robert W. Rosenthal

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In this paper we model the dynamic interaction of two types of agents, experimenters and imitators, whose behavior is characterized by simple rules of thumb. The agents repeatedly play a one-shot game in which the agent's actions are strategic substitutes.

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Paper provided by Boston University - Industry Studies Programme in its series Papers with number 0065.

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Date of creation: Mar 1996
Handle: RePEc:fth:bostin:0065
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