FEEM working papers "Note di lavoro" series
2007 .081

Modelling Negotiated Decision Making: a Multilateral, Multiple Issues, Non-Cooperative Bargaining Model with Uncertainty


Authors: Alessandra Sgobbi, Carlo Carraro
Series: Economy and Society
Type: Journal
Keywords: Bargaining,Non-Cooperative Game Theory,Simulation Models,Uncertainty
JEL n.: C61,C71,C78
JEL: Automatica
Pages: Vol. 44, No. 6, pp. 1488-1503
Date: 2008

Abstract

The relevance of bargaining to everyday life can easily be ascertained, yet the study of any bargaining process is extremely hard, involving a multiplicity of questions and complex issues. The objective of this paper is to provide new insights on some dimensions of the bargaining process - asymmetries and uncertainties in particular - by using a non-cooperative game theory approach. We develop a computational model which simulates the process of negotiation among more than two players, who bargain over the sharing of more than one pie. Through numerically simulating several multiple issues negotiation games among multiple players, we identify the main features of players' optimal strategies and equilibrium agreements. As in most economic situations, uncertainty crucially affects also bargaining processes. Therefore, in our analysis, we introduce uncertainty over the size of the pies to be shared and assess the impacts on players' strategic behaviour. Our results confirm that uncertainty crucially affects players' behaviour and modifies the likelihood of a self-enforcing agreement to emerge. The model proposed here can have several applications, in particular in the field of natural resource management, where conflicts over how to share a resource of a finite size are increasing.

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