Different solution concepts for strategic form games have been introduced in order to weaken the consistency assumption that players’ beliefs, about their opponents strategic choices, are correct in equilibrium. The literature has shown that ambiguous beliefs are an appropriate device to deal with this task. In this note, we introduce an equilibrium concept in which players do not know the opponents’ strategies in their entirety but only the coherent lower expectations of some random variables that depend on the actual strategies taken by the others. This equilibrium concept generalizes the already existing concept of equilibrium with partially specified probabilities by extending the set of feasible beliefs and allowing for comparative probability judgements. We study the issue of the existence of the equilibrium points in our framework and find sufficient conditions which involve the continuity of coherent lower expectations and a Slater-like condition for the systems of inequalities defining beliefs.

On Games and Equilibria with Coherent Lower Expectations

DE MARCO, Giuseppe
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2015

Abstract

Different solution concepts for strategic form games have been introduced in order to weaken the consistency assumption that players’ beliefs, about their opponents strategic choices, are correct in equilibrium. The literature has shown that ambiguous beliefs are an appropriate device to deal with this task. In this note, we introduce an equilibrium concept in which players do not know the opponents’ strategies in their entirety but only the coherent lower expectations of some random variables that depend on the actual strategies taken by the others. This equilibrium concept generalizes the already existing concept of equilibrium with partially specified probabilities by extending the set of feasible beliefs and allowing for comparative probability judgements. We study the issue of the existence of the equilibrium points in our framework and find sufficient conditions which involve the continuity of coherent lower expectations and a Slater-like condition for the systems of inequalities defining beliefs.
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