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A simple case of rationality of escalation

Abstract : Escalation is the fact that in a game (for instance an auction), the agents play forever. It is not necessary to consider complex examples to establish its rationality. In particular, the $0,1$-game is an extremely simple infinite game in which escalation arises naturally and rationally. In some sense, it can be considered as the paradigm of escalation. Through an example of economic games, we show the benefit economics can take of coinduction.
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Pierre Lescanne. A simple case of rationality of escalation. 5th Conference on Algebra and Coalgebra in Computer Science, CALCO 2013, Sep 2013, Warsaw, Poland. pp.191-204. ⟨ensl-00832490⟩