Social Rationalizability

28 Pages Posted: 3 Jul 2000

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P. Jean-Jacques Herings

Maastricht University

Ana Mauleon

Université Saint-Louis - Bruxelles; Catholic University of Louvain (UCL) - Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE)

Vincent J. Vannetelbosch

Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE)

Date Written: April 2000

Abstract

Socialenvironments constitute a framework in which it is possible to study how groups of agents interact in a society. The framework is general enough to analyse both non-cooperative and cooperative games. We identify a number of shortcomings of existing solution concepts that are used for social environments and propose a new concept called social rationalizability. The concept aims to identify the consequences of common knowledge of rationality and farsightedness within the framework of social environments. The set of socially rationalizable outcomes is shown to be non-empty for all social environments and it can be computed by an iterative reduction procedure. We introduce a definition of coalitional rationality for social environments and show that it is satisfied by social rationalizability.

Keywords: Social environments, rationalizability, coalitional rationality

JEL Classification: C72, C78

Suggested Citation

Herings, P. Jean-Jacques and Mauleon Echeverria, Ana Carmen and Vannetelbosch, Vincent J., Social Rationalizability (April 2000). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=235280 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.235280

P. Jean-Jacques Herings (Contact Author)

Maastricht University ( email )

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Ana Carmen Mauleon Echeverria

Université Saint-Louis - Bruxelles ( email )

Brussels, 1000
Belgium

Catholic University of Louvain (UCL) - Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE) ( email )

34 Voie du Roman Pays
B-1348 Louvain-la-Neuve, b-1348
Belgium

Vincent J. Vannetelbosch

Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE) ( email )

34 Voie du Roman Pays
1348 Louvain-la-Neuve, 1348
Belgium

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