Economic Theory

, Volume 51, Issue 1, pp 1–12

An indistinguishability result on rationalizability under general preferences

Research Article


In this paper, we show that, in the class of games where each player’s strategy space is compact Hausdorff and each player’s payoff function is continuous and “concave-like,” rationalizability in a variety of general preference models yields the unique set of outcomes of iterated strict dominance. The result implies that rationalizable strategic behavior in these preference models is observationally indistinguishable from that in the subjective expected utility model, in this class of games. Our indistinguishability result can be applied not only to mixed extensions of finite games, but also to other important applications in economics, for example, the Cournot–oligopoly model.


Rationalizability Iterated dominance General preferences 

JEL Classification

C70 D82 


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Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EconomicsNational University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore

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