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Nash equilibrium uniqueness in nice games with isotone best replies

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  • Ceparano, Maria Carmela
  • Quartieri, Federico

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We prove the existence of a unique pure-strategy Nash equilibrium in nice games with isotone chain-concave best replies and compact strategy sets. We establish a preliminary fixpoint uniqueness argument, thus showing sufficient assumptions on the best replies of a nice game that guarantee the existence of exactly one Nash equilibrium. Then, by means of a comparative statics analysis, we examine the necessity and sufficiency of the conditions on marginal utility functions for such assumptions to be satisfied; in particular, we find necessary and sufficient conditions for the isotonicity and chain-concavity of best replies. We extend the results on Nash equilibrium uniqueness to nice games with upper unbounded strategy sets and we present "dual" results for games with isotone chain-convex best replies. A final application to Bayesian games is exhibited.

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  • Ceparano, Maria Carmela & Quartieri, Federico, 2015. "Nash equilibrium uniqueness in nice games with isotone best replies," MPRA Paper 69010, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 24 Jan 2016.
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    Nash equilibrium uniqueness; Chain-concave best reply; Nice game; Comparative statics; Strategic complementarity.;
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    • C61 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Optimization Techniques; Programming Models; Dynamic Analysis
    • C72 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Noncooperative Games

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