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Experimentation, Imitation, and Stochastic Stability

  • Gale, D.
  • Rosental, R.W.

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 65.

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Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: 1996
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Handle: RePEc:fth:bostin:65
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