Axiomatic Theory of Equilibrium Selection in Signaling Games with Generic Payoffs

Axiomatic Theory of Equilibrium Selection in Signaling Games with Generic Payoffs

By Srihari Govindan, Robert Wilson
2008Working Paper No. 2000

Three axioms from decision theory select sets of Nash equilibria of signaling games in extensive form with generic payoffs. The axioms require undominated strategies (admissibility), inclusion of a sequential equilibrium (backward induction), and dependence only on the game's normal form even when embedded in a larger game with redundant strategies or irrelevant players(small worlds). The axioms are satisfied by a set that is stable (Mertens, 1989) and conversely the axioms imply that each selected set is stable and thus an essential component of admissible equilibria with the same outcome.