Group for Research in Decision Analysis


A Great Fish War Model with Asymmetric Players


This paper analyzes the coalitional Great Fish War model under the assumption that players differ in their time preferences and use different discount rates. We derive the equilibrium payoffs of this coalitional game and investigate the impact of the asymmetry assumption on the extreme schemes of cooperative and non-cooperative equilibria. We then proceed to the computation of stable coalitions using time-consistent harvest-sharing policies for the partial coordination scheme, in the case where players are divided into two groups (high and low discount rates). We find that asymmetry has a significant impact on the way the resource is shared and on the profitability of coalitions. We also find that asymmetry is not a sufficient feature to overcome the puzzle of small coalitions.

, 30 pages

This cahier was revised in January 2013