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In Defense of Defect

  • Volij, Oscar

The one-state machine that always defects is the only evolutionarily stable strategy in the machine game that is derived from the prisoners' dilemma, when preferences are lexicographic in complexity. This machine is the only stochastically stable strategy of the machine game when players are restricted to choosing machines with a uniformly bounded complexity.

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Paper provided by Iowa State University, Department of Economics in its series Staff General Research Papers with number 10125.

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Date of creation: 01 Jan 2002
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Publication status: Published in Games and Economic Behavior 2002, vol. 39, pp. 309-321
Handle: RePEc:isu:genres:10125
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