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Learning, Memory, and Inertia

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This paper explores the impact of memory in standard display imitation behavior, focusing on coordination games (as in Kandori et al (1993)) and N-player games where spiteful behavior allows to discard Nash equilibria. It is shown that the way interea is modeled in such examples actually entails a strong "no-memory" assumption. Once inertia is removed (or medeled otherwise), the addition of bounded memory changes the predictions dramatically. The analysis highlights the stability properties of Nash outcomes in purely evolutionary contexts with a finite population of agents.

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  • Carlos Alós-Ferrer, 2000. "Learning, Memory, and Inertia," Vienna Economics Papers 0003, University of Vienna, Department of Economics.
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    1. Robson, Arthur J. & Vega-Redondo, Fernando, 1996. "Efficient Equilibrium Selection in Evolutionary Games with Random Matching," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, vol. 70(1), pages 65-92, July.
    2. Young, H Peyton, 1993. "The Evolution of Conventions," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 61(1), pages 57-84, January.
    3. Fernando Vega-Redondo, 1997. "The Evolution of Walrasian Behavior," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 65(2), pages 375-384, March.
    4. Rhode, Paul & Stegeman, Mark, 1996. "Learning, Mutation, and Long-Run Equilibria in Games: A Comment," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 64(2), pages 443-449, March.
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    1. Carlos Alós-Ferrer, 2000. "Finite Population Dynamics and Mixed Equilibria," Vienna Economics Papers 0008, University of Vienna, Department of Economics.
    2. Alos-Ferrer, Carlos, 2004. "Cournot versus Walras in dynamic oligopolies with memory," International Journal of Industrial Organization, Elsevier, vol. 22(2), pages 193-217, February.

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    • E62 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Fiscal Policy
    • H54 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Infrastructures
    • F43 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - Economic Growth of Open Economies

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