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Quantal Response Equilibrium

Goeree, Jacob K. and Holt, Charles A. and Palfrey, Thomas R. (2008) Quantal Response Equilibrium. In: The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics. Palgrave MacMillan , New York, NY. ISBN 9780333786765.

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A quantal response specifies choice probabilities that are smooth, increasing functions of expected payoffs. A quantal response equilibrium has the property that the choice distributions match the belief distributions used to calculate expected payoffs. This stochastic generalization of the Nash equilibrium provides strong empirical restrictions that are generally consistent with data from laboratory experiments with human subjects. We define the concept of regular quantal response equilibrium and discuss several applications from the recent literature.

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Additional Information:© Palgrave Macmillan 2008. We acknowledge financial support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the National Science Foundation (SBR 0094800 and 0551014; SES 0450712 and 0214013), and the Dutch National Science Foundation (VICI 453.03.606).
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Subject Keywords:coordination; extensive form games; fixed-point theorems; incomplete information; interchangeability; learning; Nash equilibrium; probabilistic choice models; quantal response equilibrium; sequential equilibria; Traveller's Dilemma
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Official Citation:Goeree, Jacob K., Charles A. Holt and Thomas R. Palfrey. "quantal response equilibria." The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics. Second Edition. Eds. Steven N. Durlauf and Lawrence E. Blume. Palgrave Macmillan, 2008. The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics Online. Palgrave Macmillan. 15 March 2016 <> doi:10.1057/9780230226203.1372
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