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Equilibrium Selection in Global Games with Strategic Complementarities

  • Frankel, David M.
  • Morris, Stephen
  • Pauzner, Ady

We study games with strategic complementarities, arbitrary numbers of players and actions, and slightly noisy payoff signals. We prove limit uniqueness: as the signal noise vanishes, the game has a unique strategy profile that survives iterative dominance. This generalizes a result of Carlsson and van Damme (1993) for two player, two action games. Te surviving profile, however, may depend on fine details of the structure of the noise. We provide sufficient conditions on payoffs for there to be noise-independent selection.

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Paper provided by Iowa State University, Department of Economics in its series Staff General Research Papers with number 11920.

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Date of creation: 01 Jan 2003
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Publication status: Published in Journal of Economic Theory 2003,, pp. 1-44
Handle: RePEc:isu:genres:11920
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  1. Stephen Morris & Hyun S Shin, 2001. "Global Games: Theory and Applications," Levine's Working Paper Archive 122247000000001080, David K. Levine.
  2. Carlsson, H. & Van Dame, E., 1991. "Equilibrium Selection in Stag Hunt Games," Papers 9170, Tilburg - Center for Economic Research.
  3. Corsetti, Giancarlo & Dasgupta, Amil & Morris, Stephen & Shin, Hyun Song, 2000. "Does One Soros Make a Difference? A Theory of Currency Crises with Large and Small Traders," CEPR Discussion Papers 2610, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  4. Vives, Xavier, 1990. "Nash equilibrium with strategic complementarities," Journal of Mathematical Economics, Elsevier, vol. 19(3), pages 305-321.
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  7. John C. Harsanyi & Reinhard Selten, 1988. "A General Theory of Equilibrium Selection in Games," MIT Press Books, The MIT Press, edition 1, volume 1, number 0262582384, June.
  8. Morris, S & Song Shin, H, 1996. "Unique Equilibrium in a Model of Self-Fulfilling Currency Attacks," Economics Papers 126, Economics Group, Nuffield College, University of Oxford.
  9. Carlsson, Hans & van Damme, Eric, 1993. "Global Games and Equilibrium Selection," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 61(5), pages 989-1018, September.
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