Evolution and information in a gift-giving game

Philip Johnson, David K. Levine, Wolfgang Pesendorfer

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We examine the stochastic stability of a process of learning and evolution in a gift-giving game. Overlapping generations of players are randomly matched to play the game. They may consult information systems to learn about the past behavior of their opponents. If the value of the gift is smaller than twice the cost, then gifts are not given. If the value of the gift is more than four times the cost, then gifts are exchanged. Moreover, in the stochastically stable equilibrium, a unique information system is selected to support cooperation. Journal of Economic Literature Classification Numbers: C62, C72, D83.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-21
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Economic Theory
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2001

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Economics and Econometrics


  • Evolution
  • Information
  • Learning
  • Repeated games
  • Stochastic stability


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