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Preempting versus Postponing: the Stealing Game

  • Andrea Gallice

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We present an endogenous timing game of action commitment in which play- ers can steal from each other parts of a homogeneous and perfectly divisible pie (market). We show how the incentives to preempt or to follow the rivals radi- cally change with the number of players involved in the game. In the course of the analysis we also introduce, discuss and apply the concept of pu-dominance, a generalization of the risk-dominance criterion to games with more than two players.

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Paper provided by ICER - International Centre for Economic Research in its series ICER Working Papers with number 02-2008.

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Length: 21 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2008
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Handle: RePEc:icr:wpicer:02-2008
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