Markov equilibria in a model of bargaining in networks

Dilip Abreu, Mihai Manea

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We study the Markov perfect equilibria (MPEs) of an infinite horizon game in which pairs of players connected in a network are randomly matched to bargain. Players who reach agreement are removed from the network without replacement. We establish the existence of MPEs and show that MPE payoffs are not necessarily unique. A method for constructing pure strategy MPEs for high discount factors is developed. For some networks, we find that all MPEs are asymptotically inefficient as players become patient.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-16
Number of pages16
JournalGames and Economic Behavior
Issue number1
StatePublished - May 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics


  • Bargaining
  • Decentralized markets
  • Equilibrium existence
  • Inefficiency
  • Markov perfect equilibrium
  • Networks
  • Random matching


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