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Kosfeld, M; Droste, E; Voorneveld, M (2002). A myopic adjustment process leading to best-reply matching. Games and Economic Behavior, 40(2):270-290.



We analyze a myopic strategy adjustment process in strategic-form games. It is shown that the steady states of the continuous time limit, which is constructed assuming frequent play and slow adjustment of strategies, are exactly the best-reply matching equilibria, as discussed by Droste, Kosfeld, and Voorneveld (2000. Mimeo, Tilburg University). In a best-reply matching equilibrium every player ‘matches’ the probability of playing a pure strategy to the probability that this pure strategy is a best reply to the pure-strategy profile played by his opponents. We derive stability results for the steady states of the continuous time limit in 2×2 bimatrix games and coordination games. Analyzing the asymptotic behavior of the stochastic adjustment process in discrete time shows convergence to minimal curb sets of the game. Moreover, absorbing states of the process correspond to best-reply matching equilibria of the game.

Item Type:Journal Article, refereed
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
DDC:330 Economics
Uncontrolled Keywords:Myopic Adjustment, Learning, Matching, Best-reply
Date:August 2002
Deposited On:11 Feb 2008 12:29
Last Modified:28 Nov 2013 00:52
Publisher DOI:10.1016/S0899-8256(02)00007-6
Citations:Web of Science®. Times Cited: 3
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