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Delegation Games with Full Commitment

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  • Paolo Balduzzi

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In this paper we present and solve some bargaining games a la Rubinstein, where the subjects can delegate the negotiating process to agents. Delegation is a possible commitment tactic. Its aim is to provide the delegating party with a higher bargaining power. When both the parties delegate, uncertainty arises about the final distribution of the payoffs and multiple equilibria are possible. The seller loses his usual first mover's advantage. When we allow for delegation costs, the range of multiple equilibria shrinks. The final outcome of the game may be now inefficient for the principals and a prisoners' dilemma may arise

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  • Paolo Balduzzi, 2004. "Delegation Games with Full Commitment," Working Papers 70, University of Milano-Bicocca, Department of Economics, revised Apr 2004.
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    • C72 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Noncooperative Games
    • C78 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Bargaining Theory; Matching Theory

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