Interactive Epistemology and Solution Concepts for Games with Asymmetric Information
IGIER Working Paper No. 340
46 Pages Posted: 28 Oct 2009
Date Written: July 31, 2008
We use an interactive epistemology framework to provide a systematic analysis of some solution concepts for games with asymmetric information. We characterize solution concepts using expressible epistemic assumptions, represented as events in the universal type space generated by primitive uncertainty about the payoff relevant state, payoff irrelevant information, and actions. In most of the paper we adopt an interim perspective, which is appropriate to analyze genuine incomplete information. We relate Delta-rationalizability (Battigalli and Siniscalchi, Advances Theoretical Econ., 2003) to interim correlated rationalizability (Dekel et al., Theoretical Econ., 2007) and to rationalizability in the interim strategic form. We also consider the ex ante perspective, which is appropriate to analyze asymmetric information about an initial chance move. We prove the equivalence between interim correlated rationalizability and an ex ante notion of correlated rationalizability.
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