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Finite Population Dynamics and Mixed Equilibria

This paper examines the stability of mixed-strategy Nash equilibria of sym- metric games, viewed as population profiles in dynamical systems with learning within a single, finite population. Alternative models of imitation and myopic best reply are considered and combined with different assumptions about the speed of adjustment. It is found that specific refinements of mixed Nash equi- libria serve to identify focal rest points of these dynamics in general games. The relationship between both concepts is studied. In the 2 x 2 case, both im- itation and myopic best reply yield strong stability results for the same type of mixed Nash equilibria.

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Paper provided by University of Vienna, Department of Economics in its series Vienna Economics Papers with number 0008.

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Date of creation: Oct 2000
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Handle: RePEc:vie:viennp:0008
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