Econometrica: May 1981, Volume 49, Issue 3

Distortion of Utilities and the Bargaining Problem

https://doi.org/0012-9682(198105)49:3<597:DOUATB>2.0.CO;2-9
p. 597-619

Joel Sobel

Given two agents with von Neumann-Morgenstern utilities who wish to divide n commodities, consider the two-person noncooperative game with strategies consisting of concave, increasing von Neumann-Morgenstern utility functions as well as rules to break ties and whose outcomes are some solution to the bargaining game determined by the strategies used. It is shown that, for a class of bargaining solutions which includes those of Nash and Raiffa, Kalai and Smorodinsky, any constrained equal-income competitive equilibrium allocation for the true utilities is a Nash equilibrium outcome for the noncooperative game.

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