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Extensive Form Reasoning in Normal Form Games, Econometrica

Abstract

Different extensive form games with the same reduced normal form can have different information sets and subgames. This generates a tension between a belief in the strategic relevance of information sets and subgames and a belief in the sufficiency of the reduced normal form. We identify a property of extensive form information sets and subgames which we term strategic independence. Strategic independence is captured by the reduced normal form, and can be used to define normal form information sets and subgames. We prove a close relationship between these normal form structures and their extensive form namesakes. Using these structures, we are able to motivate and implement solution concepts corresponding to subgame perfection, sequential equilibrium, and forward induction entirely in the reduced normal form, and show close relations between their implications in the normal and extensive form.

Type

Article

Author(s)

Jeroen Swinkels, George Mailath, Larry Samuelson

Date Published

1993

Citations

Swinkels, Jeroen, George Mailath, and Larry Samuelson. 1993. Extensive Form Reasoning in Normal Form Games. Econometrica. 6: 273-302.

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