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Ambiguity and Social Interaction

  • Eichberger, Jürgen

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    (Sonderforschungsbereich 504)

  • Kelsey, David

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    (Department of Economics, The University of Birmingham)

  • Schipper, Burkhard

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    (University of California, Davis Department of Economics)

We present a non-technical account of ambiguity in strategic games and show how it may be applied to economics and social sciences. Optimistic and pessimistic responses to ambiguity are formally modelled. We show that pessimism has the effect of increasing (decreasing)equilibrium prices under Cournot (Bertrand) competition. In addition the effects of ambiguity on peace-making are examined. It is shown that ambiguity may select equilibria in coordination games with multiple equilibria. Some comparative statics results are derived for the impact of ambiguity in games with strategic complements.

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Length: 34 pages
Date of creation: 20 Jun 2007
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Handle: RePEc:xrs:sfbmaa:07-19
Note: Financial support by ESRC grant ES-000-22-0650 (David) and the DFG, SFB/TR 15 (Burkhard) is gratefully
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