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Endogenous timing in duopoly games: Stackelberg or Cournot equilibria. (English) Zbl 0753.90074
Summary: Simultaneous versus sequential play is studied in an extended game. In a preplay stage, players decide whether to select actions in the basic game at the first opportunity or to wait until observing their rivals’ first period actions. In one extended game, players first decide when to select actions without committing to actions in the basic game. The equilibrium has a simultaneous play subgame unless payoffs in a sequential play subgame Pareto dominate those payoffs. In another extended game, deciding to select at the first turn requires committing to an action. Both sequential play outcomes are the equilibria only in undominated strategies.

MSC:
91A05 2-person games
91B26 Auctions, bargaining, bidding and selling, and other market models
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