CFDP 1772R

Interdependent Preferences and Strategic Distinguishability


Publication Date: September 2010

Revision Date: February 2011

Pages: 42


A universal type space of interdependent expected utility preference types is constructed from higher-order preference hierarchies describing (i) an agent’s (unconditional) preferences over a lottery space; (ii) the agent’s preference over Anscombe-Aumann acts conditional on the unconditional preferences; and so on.

Two types are said to be strategically indistinguishable if they have an equilibrium action in common in any mechanism that they play. We show that two types are strategically indistinguishable if and only if they have the same preference hierarchy. We examine how this result extends to alternative solution concepts and strategic relations between types.


Interdependent preferences, Higher-order preference hierarchy, Universal type space, Strategic distinguishability

JEL Classification Codes:  C79, D82, D83