Lying for Strategic Advantage: Rational and Boundedly Rational Misrepresentation of Intentions
Author: Crawford V.P.
Source: The American Economic Review, Volume 93, Number 1, 1 March 2003 , pp. 133-149(17)
Publisher: American Economic Association
Abstract:Starting from an example of the Allies' decision to feint at Calais and attack Normandy on D-Day, this paper models misrepresentation of intentions to competitors or enemies. Allowing for the possibility of bounded strategic rationality and rational players' responses to it yields a sensible account of lying via costless, noiseless messages. In some leading cases, the model has generically unique pure-strategy sequential equilibria, in which rational players exploit boundedly rational players, but are not themselves fooled. In others, the model has generically essentially unique mixed-strategy sequential equilibria, in which rational players' strategies protect all players from exploitation.
Document Type: Forum article
Publication date: 2003-03-01
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