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Prisoners' Other Dilemma

  • Spagnolo, Giancarlo


    (S.S.E., University of Mannheim, and CEPR)

  • Blonski, Matthias

    (Dept. of Economics, University of Mannheim)

We find that contrary to common perception, cooperation as equilibrium of the infinitely repeated discounted prisoner's dilemma is in many relevant cases not very plausible, or at least questionable: for a significant subset of the payoff-discount factor parameter space cooperation equilibria are strictly risk dominated by non-cooperation (according to the Harsanyi-Selten 1988 criterion). Examples include collusion equilibria in the repeated Cournot duopoly.

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Paper provided by Stockholm School of Economics in its series SSE/EFI Working Paper Series in Economics and Finance with number 437.

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Length: 11 pages
Date of creation: 20 Feb 2001
Date of revision: 20 Feb 2001
Handle: RePEc:hhs:hastef:0437
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