Cooperation and Harmony in Finite Games
35 Pages Posted: 31 May 2005
Date Written: May 30, 2005
Game harmony is a generic game property that describes how harmonious (non-conflictual) or disharmonious (conflictual) the interests of players are, as embodied in the payoffs. It can be used to predict the relative degree of cooperation in games of different harmony. For a large enough increase in harmony, all benevolent social welfare functionals converge to the utilitarian social welfare functional, and the utilitarian solution is always a pure Nash equilibrium and acquires further desirable properties of payoff and risk dominance. As a result, utilitarian cooperation is increasing, or at least non-decreasing, in harmony.
Keywords: Cooperation, game harmony, social welfare functionals, utilitarianism
JEL Classification: C72, D63, D64
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