Collusion constrained equilibrium

Salvatore Modica, Rohan Dutta, David K. Levine

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Abstract

We study collusion within groups in noncooperative games. The primitives are the preferences of the players, their assignment to nonoverlapping groups, and the goals of the groups. Our notion of collusion is that a group coordinates the play of its members among different incentive compatible plans to best achieve its goals. Unfortunately, equilibria that meet this requirement need not exist. We instead introduce the weaker notion of collusion constrained equilibrium. This allows groups to put positive probability on alternatives that are suboptimal for the group in certain razor's edge cases where the set of incentive compatible plans changes discontinuously. These collusion constrained equilibria exist and are a subset of the correlated equilibria of the underlying game. We examine four perturbations of the underlying game. In each case,we show that equilibria in which groups choose the best alternative exist and that limits of these equilibria lead to collusion constrained equilibria. We also show that for a sufficiently broad class of perturbations, every collusion constrained equilibrium arises as such a limit. We give an application to a voter participation game that shows how collusion constraints may be socially costly.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)307-340
Numero di pagine34
RivistaTHEORETICAL ECONOMICS
Volume13
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)

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    Modica, S., Dutta, R., & Levine, D. K. (2018). Collusion constrained equilibrium. THEORETICAL ECONOMICS, 13, 307-340.