Non-Linear Strategies in a Linear Quadratic Differential Game
University of Birmingham Economics Working Paper No. 05-05R
31 Pages Posted: 1 Feb 2005
Date Written: January 21, 2006
We study non-linear Markov perfect equilibria in a two agent linear quadratic differential game. In contrast to the literature owing to Tsutsui and Mino (1990), we do not associate endogenous subsets of the state space with candidate solutions. Instead, we address the problem of unbounded-below value functions over infinite horizons by use of the 'catching up optimality' criterion. We present sufficiency conditions for existence based on results in Dockner, Jorgenson, Long and Sorger (2000). Applying these to our model yields the familiar linear solution as well as a condition under which a continuum of non-linear solutions exist. As this condition is relaxed when agents are more patient, and allows more efficient steady states, it resembles a Folk Theorem for differential games.
Keywords: Differential game, non-linear strategies, catching up optimal, Folk Theorem
JEL Classification: C61, C73, H41, Q00
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