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Leadership games with convex strategy sets

von Stengel, Bernhard and Zamir, Shmuel (2010) Leadership games with convex strategy sets. Games and Economic Behavior, 69 (2). pp. 446-457. ISSN 0899-8256

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A basic model of commitment is to convert a two-player game in strategic form to a “leadership game” with the same payoffs, where one player, the leader, commits to a strategy, to which the second player always chooses a best reply. This paper studies such leadership games for games with convex strategy sets. We apply them to mixed extensions of finite games, which we analyze completely, including nongeneric games. The main result is that leadership is advantageous in the sense that, as a set, the leader's payoffs in equilibrium are at least as high as his Nash and correlated equilibrium payoffs in the simultaneous game. We also consider leadership games with three or more players, where most conclusions no longer hold.

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Additional Information: © 2009 Elsevier Inc.
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Q Science > QA Mathematics
Journal of Economic Literature Classification System: C - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods > C7 - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory > C72 - Noncooperative Games
Sets: Departments > Mathematics
Collections > Economists Online
Identification Number: UT ISI:000279306900017
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2010 11:26

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