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Definable and contractible contracts

Peters, Michael and Szentes, Balázs (2012) Definable and contractible contracts. Econometrica, 80 (1). pp. 363-411. ISSN 0012-9682

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This paper analyzes Bayesian normal form games in which players write contracts that condition their actions on the contracts of other players. These contracts are required to be representable in a formal language. This is accomplished by constructing contracts which are definable functions of the Godel code of every other player's contract. We provide a complete characterization of the set of allocations supportable as pure-strategy Bayesian equilibria of this contracting game. When information is complete, this characterization provides a folk theorem. In general, the set of supportable allocations is smaller than the set supportable by a centralized mechanism designer.

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Additional Information: © 2012 The Econometric Society.
Divisions: Economics
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
JEL classification: C - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods > C1 - Econometric and Statistical Methods: General > C11 - Bayesian Analysis
Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2012 15:49
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 01:56

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