Coordination Games with Strategic Delegation of Pivotality
University of Miami - School of Business Administration - Department of Economics
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Department of Economics
August 19, 2010
We analyze a broad class of binary-action, two-player, coordination games with uncertain payoffs. Players receive private signals about a stochastic payoff that they obtain whenever they both take the "stochastic-coordination action''. The game structure allows a player to exploit the information contained in the other's signal only if he takes the "stochastic-coordination action'', which makes the other player pivotal in determining whether players receive the stochastic payoff. Unlike supermodular and typical global games, best responses feature both strategic complementarities and strategic substitutes. We characterize equilibria in pure monotone strategies, and identify conditions under which (a) players are less likely to take the stochastic-coordination action than is socially optimal, and (b) players are more likely to take the stochastic-coordination action than in the analogous public-signal setting (even though public signals facilitate coordination). Finally, we characterize equilibria when strategies are non-monotone. Applications include technology adoption, investment, trade wars, lobbying, protests and revolutions.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 61
Keywords: Coordination Games, Global Games, Payoff Uncertainty, Strategic Substitutes, Strategic Complements, Public Signals, Non-monotone Equilibriaworking papers series
Date posted: August 22, 2010 ; Last revised: February 27, 2011
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