The refined best-response correspondence in normal form games
International Journal of Game Theory
© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2014
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This paper provides an in-depth study of the (most) refined best-response correspondence introduced by Balkenborg et al. (Theor Econ 8:165–192, 2013). An example demonstrates that this correspondence can be very different from the standard best-response correspondence. In two-player games, however, the refined bestresponse correspondence of a given game is the same as the best-response correspondence of a slightly modified game. The modified game is derived from the original game by reducing the payoff by a small amount for all pure strategies that are weakly inferior. Weakly inferior strategies, for two-player games, are pure strategies that are either weakly dominated or are equivalent to a proper mixture of pure strategies. Fixed points of the refined best-response correspondence are not equivalent to any known Nash equilibrium refinement. A class of simple communication games demonstrates the usefulness and intuitive appeal of the refined best-response correspondence.
This is the author's accepted version of Balkenborg, D., Hofbauer, J., & Kuzmics, C. (2015). The refined best-response correspondence in normal form games. International Journal of Game Theory, 44(1), 165-193. The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00182-014-0424-z
Vol. 44, No. 1, pp. 165-193