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One-sided uncertainty and delay in reputational bargaining

Author(s): Abreu, Dilip J.; Pearce, David; Stacchetti, Ennio

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Abstract: A two-person infinite-horizon bargaining model where one of the players may have either of two discount factors, has a multiplicity of perfect Bayesian equilibria. Introducing the slightest possibility that either player may be one of a rich variety of stationary behavioral types singles out a particular solution and appears to support some axiomatic treatments in the early literature in their conclusion that there is a negligible delay to agreement. Perturbing the model with a slightly broader class of behavioral types that allows the informed player to delay making his initial demand still achieves powerful equilibrium refinement. But there is substantial delay to agreement, and predictions depend continuously on the ex ante probabilities of the patient and impatient types of the informed player, counter to what the literature suggests.
Publication Date: 9-Oct-2015
Citation: Abreu, D, Pearce, D, Stacchetti, E. (2015). One-sided uncertainty and delay in reputational bargaining. Theoretical Economics, 10 (3), 719 - 773. doi:10.3982/TE1564
DOI: doi:10.3982/TE1564
ISSN: 1933-6837
EISSN: 1555-7561
Pages: 719 - 773
Type of Material: Journal Article
Journal/Proceeding Title: Theoretical Economics
Version: Final published version. This is an open access article.

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