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Noncooperative Foundations of Stable Sets in Voting Games

This note investigates the noncooperative foundations of von Neumann-Morgenstern (vN-M) stable sets in voting games. To do so, we study subgame perfect equilibria of a noncooperative legislative bargaining game, based on underlying simple games. The following results emerge from such an exercise: Every stable set of the underlying simple game is the limit set of undominated pure-strategy Markov perfect equilibria, and of strategically stable sets of undominated subgame perfect equilibria of the bargaining game with farsighted voters.

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Paper provided by University of Rochester - Center for Economic Research (RCER) in its series RCER Working Papers with number 551.

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Length: 15 pages
Date of creation: May 2009
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Handle: RePEc:roc:rocher:551
Contact details of provider: Postal: University of Rochester, Center for Economic Research, Department of Economics, Harkness 231 Rochester, New York 14627 U.S.A.

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