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UNDISCOUNTED BANDIT GAMES

Godfrey Keller and Sven Rady ()

No 882, Economics Series Working Papers from University of Oxford, Department of Economics

Abstract: We analyze undiscounted continuous-time games of strategic experimentation with two-armed bandits. The risky arm generates payoffs according to a Le´vy process with an unknown average payoff per unit of time which nature draws from an arbitrary finite set. Observing all actions and realized payoffs, players use Markov strategies with the common posterior belief about the unknown parameter as the state variable. We show that the unique symmetric Markov perfect equilibrium can be computed in a simple closed form involving only the payoff of the safe arm, the expected current payoff of the risky arm, and the expected full-information payoff, given the current belief. In particular, the equilibrium does not depend on the precise specification of the payoff-generating processes.

Keywords: Strategic Experimentation; Two-Armed Bandit; Strong Long-Run Av¬erage Criterion; Markov Perfect Equilibrium; HJB Equation; Viscosity Solution (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C73 D83 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019-10-10
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-gth, nep-mic and nep-ore
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