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The absent-minded prisoner

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  • Dilger, Alexander

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If one of two rational players is absent-minded for at least three rounds, cooperation in a prisoners dilemma with a finite number of repetitions is possible. If both players are absentminded, even two rounds of absent-mindedness can be enough for cooperation in these rounds and all rounds before. Sufficient conditions for the existence of a cooperative equilibrium are derived, a plausible interpretation of absent-mindedness in the case of many repetitions is given.

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  • Dilger, Alexander, 1998. "The absent-minded prisoner," Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Diskussionspapiere 14/1998, University of Greifswald, Faculty of Law and Economics.
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    1. Ferreira, José Luis & Kujal, Praveen & Rassenti, Stephen, 2009. "The strategic motive to sell forward: experimental evidence," UC3M Working papers. Economics we092616, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Departamento de Economía.

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    Keywords

    absent-mindedness; prisoners dilemma; repeated games;

    JEL classification:

    • C72 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Noncooperative Games

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