Finding All Pure-Strategy Equilibria in Games with Continuous Strategies
Quantitative Economics 3 (2 2012)
52 Pages Posted: 5 Nov 2010 Last revised: 15 Oct 2014
Date Written: November 4, 2010
Static and dynamic games are important tools for the analysis of strategic interactions among economic agents and have found many applications in economics. In many games equilibria can be described as solutions of polynomial equations. In this paper we describe state-of-the-art techniques for finding all solutions of polynomial systems of equations and illustrate these techniques by computing all equilibria of both static and dynamic games with continuous strategies. We compute the equilibrium manifold for a Bertrand pricing game in which the number of equilibria changes with the market size. Moreover, we apply these techniques to two stochastic dynamic games of industry competition and check for equilibrium uniqueness.
Keywords: Polynomial Equations, Multiple Equilibria, Static Games, Dynamic Games, Markovperfect Equilibria
JEL Classification: C63, C73, L13
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