DP7323 Finite State Dynamic Games with Asymmetric Information: A Framework for Applied Work

Author(s): Chaim Fershtman, Ariel Pakes
Publication Date: June 2009
Keyword(s): Applied Markov Equilibrium, Dynamic Games, Dynamic Oligopoly
JEL(s): C63, C73, L13
Programme Areas: Industrial Organization
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With applied work in mind, we define an equilibrium notion for dynamic games with asymmetric information which does not require a specification for players' beliefs about their opponent types. This enables us to define equilibrium conditions which, at least in principal, are testable and can be computed using a simple reinforcement learning algorithm. We conclude with an example that endogenizes the maintenance decisions for electricity generators in a dynamic game among electric utilities in which the costs states of the generators are private information.