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*Games*
**2011**,
*2*(3),
235-256;
doi:10.3390/g2030235

## Abstract

**:**We prove the existence of a trembling-hand perfect equilibrium within a class of compact, metric, and possibly discontinuous games. Our conditions for existence are easily verified in a variety of economic games.

## 1. Introduction

A Nash equilibrium is trembling-hand perfect if it is robust to the players’ choice of unintended strategies through slight trembles. That is, in a world where agents make slight mistakes, trembling-hand perfection requires that there exist at least one perturbed model of low-probability errors with an equilibrium that is close to the original equilibrium, which is then thought of as an approximate description of “slightly constrained” rational behavior, or what could be observed if the players were to interact within the perturbed game. In this regard, a Nash equilibrium that is not trembling-hand perfect cannot be a good prediction of equilibrium behavior under any “conceivable” theory of (improbable, but not impossible) imperfect choice.

Ever since it was coined by Selten [1], trembling-hand perfection has been a popular solution concept. However, the fact that Selten's treatment is valid only for finite games poses a problem, since many strategic settings are most naturally modeled as games with a continuum of actions (e.g., models of price and spatial competition (Bertrand [2], Hotelling [3]), auctions (Milgrom and Weber [4]), and patent races (Fudenberg et al. [5])).

There have been attempts to use the notion of trembling-hand perfection in infinite economic games to rule out undesirable equilibria (examples include provision of public goods (Bagnoli and Lipman [6]), credit markets with adverse selection (Broecker [7]), budget-constrained sequential auctions (Pitchik and Schotter [8]), and principal-agent problems (Allen [9])).^{1} However, absent a theory of trembling-hand perfection for infinite games (and given that a well-accepted formulation for finite games has long been available), there has been a general tendency to study limits of sequences of trembling-hand perfect equilibria in discretized, successively larger versions of the original (infinite) game at hand (e.g., Bagnoli and Lipman [6], Broecker [7]).^{2} While this is a legitimate approach to trembling-hand perfection in infinite games, Simon and Stinchcombe [10] have shown that similar limit-of-finite approaches have limitations as general solution concepts even in continuous games. Moreover, since there are alternative formulations of trembling-hand perfection for infinite games, confining attention to a limit-of-finite approach, without any comparison with other concepts, seems unsatisfactory.

For continuous games, Simon and Sinchcombe [10] offer several notions of trembling-hand perfection and compare their properties. However, infinite economic games often exhibit discontinuities in their payoffs, and a treatment for this kind of games is not available. For instance, most of the above references feature discontinuous games. In the presence of discontinuities, existence of trembling-hand perfect equilibria is not guaranteed by standard arguments. By adapting arguments from Carbonell-Nicolau [11], this paper addresses the issue of existence for an infinite-game extension of Selten's [1] original notion of trembling-hand perfection. This extension corresponds to Simon and Stinchcombe's [10] strong approach when the universe of games is restricted by continuity of the players’ payoffs. Building on the existence results obtained here, a companion paper, Carbonell-Nicolau [12], compares the properties of various notions of trembling-hand perfection within families of discontinuous games, and states the analogue of the standard characterization of trembling-hand perfection for finite games (e.g., van Damme [13], p. 28), in terms of the strong approach and other formulations. This characterization is restated in Section 2.

We first illustrate that the existence of trembling-hand perfect equilibria depends crucially on the existence of Nash equilibria in Selten perturbations. Selten perturbations are perturbed games in which the players choose any strategy in their action space with positive probability. The strategy spaces in Selten perturbations of infinite, discontinuous games exhibit peculiarities that prevent a straightforward application of the results available in the literature on the existence of Nash equilibria. In fact, in Section 2 we show that Selten perturbations need not inherit Reny's [14] better-reply security from the original game. Even the available strengthenings of better-reply security—payoff security or uniform payoff security, along with upper semicontinuity of the sum of payoffs—do not generally give better-reply security (or some of its generalizations) in Selten perturbations. Thus, one must either rely on an appropriate generalization of the main existence theorem of Reny [14] or impose a suitable strengthening of better-reply security. We seek conditions on the payoffs of a game that prove useful in applications and imply better-reply security—and hence the existence of Nash equilibria—in Selten perturbations. Ideally, to avoid dealing with expected payoffs (defined on mixed strategies) and the weak convergence of measures, one would like to have conditions that can be verified using the payoffs of the original game, rather than its mixed extension.

Carbonell-Nicolau [11] introduces a condition—termed Condition (A)—that is used to prove the existence of a pure-strategy trembling-hand perfect equilibrium. This condition is used here to establish the existence of a mixed-strategy trembling-hand perfect equilibrium. While the current paper adapts arguments from [11], the results obtained here are not implied by those of [11]. We shall provide a detailed comparison with the results in [11] in Section 2.

Roughly speaking, Condition (A) is satisfied when there exists, for each player i, a measurable map f : X_{i} → X_{i}, where X_{i} represents player i's action space, with the following two properties: (1) for each pure strategy x_{i} of player i, there is an alternative pure strategy f(x_{i}) such that given any pure action profile y_{−i} of the other players, the action f(x_{i}) almost guarantees the payoff player i receives at (x_{i}, y_{−i}), even if the other players slightly deviate from y_{−i}; and (2) given any pure action profile y_{−i} of the other players, there is a subset of generic elements of X_{i} (which may depend upon y_{−i}) such that given any generic pure strategy x_{i} of player i, the action profile (x_{i}, z_{−i}), where z_{−i} is a slight deviation from y_{−i}, almost guarantees the payoff player i receives at (f(x_{i}), z_{−i}).

We show that this condition gives payoff security of certain Selten perturbations (Lemma 2). We then combine this finding with known results to establish the existence of a trembling-hand perfect equilibrium in discontinuous games (Theorem 2). In addition, we derive (as in Carbonell-Nicolau [11]) corollaries of these results in terms of two independent conditions—generic entire payoff security and generic local equi-upper semicontinuity—that imply the existence of a map f with the above properties. In applications, verifying the two independent conditions can prove easier than checking Condition (A), for Condition (A) typically requires constructing a measurable map and verifying two conditions that depend on one another (via the said measurable map)^{3} The alternative hypothesis does not explicitly require the measurability of the map f, and proves easy to verify in applications.

The hypotheses of the main existence theorems are satisfied in many economic games and are often rather simple to verify. This is exemplified in Section 3.

## 2. Perturbed Games and Perfect Equilibria

A **metric game** is a collection
$G={\left({X}_{i},{u}_{i}\right)}_{i=1}^{N}$, where N is a finite number of players, each X_{i} is a nonempty metric space, and each u_{i} : X → ℝ is bounded and Borel measurable with domain
$X:={x}_{i=1}^{N}{X}_{i}$. If in addition each X_{i} is compact, G is called a **compact metric game**.

In the sequel, by X_{−}_{i} we mean the set ×_{j}_{≠}_{i}X_{j}, and, given, i, x_{i} ∈ X_{i}, and

_{1}, …, x

_{N}) as (x

_{i}, x

_{−}

_{i}).

The **mixed extension** of G is the game

_{i}represents the set of Borel probability measures on X

_{i}, endowed with the weak* topology, and U

_{i}:M → ℝ is defined by

Henceforth, the set ×_{j}_{≠}_{i}M_{j} is denoted as M_{−i}, and given i, μ_{i} ∈ M_{i}, and

_{1}, …,μ

_{N}) as (μ

_{i}, μ

_{−}

_{i}).

Given x_{i} ∈ X_{i}, let δ_{xi} be the Dirac measure on X_{i} with support {x_{i}}. We sometimes write, by a slight abuse of notation, x_{i} in place of δ_{xi}. For δ ∈ [0, 1] and
$\left({\mu}_{i},{v}_{i}\right)\in {M}_{i}^{2}$

_{i}of M

_{i}for which σ

_{i}(B) = (1 − δ)ν

_{i}(B) + δμ

_{i}(B) for every Borel set B. When ν

_{i}= δ

_{xi}for some x

_{i}∈ X

_{i}, we sometimes write (1 − δ)x

_{i}+ δμ

_{i}for (1 − δ)ν

_{i}+ δμ

_{i}. Similarly, given (ν, μ) ∈ M

^{2}

_{1},…, ν

_{N}) and μ = (μ

_{1},…, μ

_{N}).

A number of definitions of trembling-hand perfection for infinite normal-form games have been proposed (cf. Simon and Stinchcombe [10], Al-Najjar [15]). For continuous games, the refinement specification considered here is equivalent to the strong approach in [10] and to the formulation in [15]. In this paper, we focus on the issue of existence. In passing, we also illustrate certain limitations of what appears to be a natural approach to the question of existence of trembling-hand perfect equilibria in discontinuous games. This is done more transparently if we frame our discussion in terms of just one notion of trembling-hand perfection. A companion paper, Carbonell-Nicolau [12], compares the various notions of trembling-hand perfection and studies their properties, and contains the analogue of the standard three-way characterization of trembling-hand perfection for finite games (e.g., van Damme [13], p. 28), which will be stated here after several definitions.

Before presenting the formal definition of trembling-hand perfection, we need some terminology.

A Borel probability measure μ_{i} on X_{i} is said to be **strictly positive** if μ_{i}(O) > 0 for every nonempty open set O in X_{i}.

For each i, let
$\widehat{{M}_{i}}$ stand for the set of all strictly positive members of M_{i}. Set
$\widehat{M}:={\text{x}}_{i=1}^{N}\widehat{{M}_{i}}$. For ν_{i} ∈
$\widehat{{M}_{i}}$ and δ = (δ_{1},…, δ_{N}) ∈ [0, 1]^{N}, define

_{1},…, δ

_{N}) ∈ [0, 1]

^{N}and $\nu =($, the game

**Selten perturbation**of G. We often work with perturbations ${\overline{G}}_{\delta \nu}$ satisfying δ

_{1}= … = δ

_{N}

When referring to these objects, we simply write
${\overline{G}}_{\delta \nu}$ with δ = δ_{1} = … = δ_{N}.

## Definition 1

A strategy profile x = (x_{1},…, x_{N}) ∈ X is a **Nash equilibrium** of G if for each i, u_{i}(x) ≥ u_{i}(y_{i}, x_{−}_{i}) for every y_{i} ∈ X_{i}.

Given a game
$G={\left({X}_{i},{u}_{i}\right)}_{i=1}^{N}$, a Nash equilibrium of the mixed extension G̅ is called a **mixed**-**strategy Nash equilibrium** of G. By a slight abuse of terminology, we sometimes refer to a mixed-strategy Nash equilibrium of G simply as a Nash equilibrium of G.

## Definition 2

A strategy profile μ ∈ M is a **trembling-hand perfect (thp) equilibrium** of G if there are sequences (δ^{n}), (ν^{n}), and (μ^{n}) with (0, 1)^{N} ∋ δ^{n} → 0,
${\nu}^{n}$ and μ^{n} → μ, where each μ^{n} is a Nash equilibrium of the perturbed game
${\overline{G}}_{{\delta}^{n}{v}^{n}}$.

In words, μ is a thp equilibrium of G if it is the limit of some sequence of exact equilibria of neighboring Selten perturbations of G. Intuitively, Selten perturbations of G may be interpreted as “models of mistakes”, i.e., formal descriptions of strategic interactions where any player may “tremble” and play any one of her actions. The requirement that μ be the limit of some sequence of equilibria of perturbations of G says that there exists at least one model of (low-probability) mistakes that has at least one equilibrium close to μ, so that μ is an approximate description of what the players would do (at the said equilibrium) were they to interact in the perturbed game.

## Remark 1

Note that, in Definition 2, we do not require that μ be a Nash equilibrium of G. It is well-known that, for continuous games, the fact that a strategy profile μ is the limit of some sequence of equilibria of Selten perturbations of G guarantees that μ is a Nash equilibrium of G. While we do not impose continuity of payoff functions, we shall show that our conditions also ensure that the limit point is an equilibrium.^{4}

For μ ∈ M, let Br_{i}(μ) denote player i's set of best responses in M_{i} to the vector of strategies μ:

Consider the following distance function between members of M_{i}:

## Definition 3

(Simon and Stinchcombe [10]). Given ∊ > 0, a **strong** ∊**-perfect equilibrium** of G is a vector
${\mu}^{\u220a}$ such that for each i

**strong perfect equilibrium**of G if it is the weak* limit as ∊

^{n}→ 0 of strong ∊

^{n}-perfect equilibria.

The following result is taken from Carbonell-Nicolau [12] and establishes the relationship between trembling-hand perfection and strong perfection in the presence of payoff discontinuities. The equivalence of (1)-(3) is analogous to the standard characterization of trembling-hand perfect equilibria for finite games (e.g., van Damme [13], p. 28).

## Theorem 1

For a metric game, the following three conditions are equivalent.

μ is a trembling-hand perfect equilibrium ofG.

μ is a strong perfect equilibrium of G.

μ is the limit of a sequence (μ

^{n}) in$\widehat{M}$ with the property that for each i and every ∊ > 0$${\mu}_{i}^{n}\left(\left\{{x}_{i}\in {X}_{i}:{U}_{i}\left({x}_{i},{\mu}_{-i}^{n}\right)\ge \underset{{y}_{i}\in {X}_{i}}{\text{sup}}{U}_{i}\left({y}_{i},{\mu}_{-i}^{n}\right)\right\}\right)\ge 1-\u220a$$

The following example illustrates that the set of thp equilibria of an infinite game may well be a strict refinement of the set of Nash equilibria.

## Example 1

Consider the two-player game G = ([0, 1], [0, 1], u_{1},u_{2}), where u_{1} and u_{2} are defined by u_{1}(x_{1}, x_{2}):= x_{1}(1 – 2x_{2}) and
${u}_{2}\left({x}_{1},{x}_{2}\right):=-{x}_{1}{x}_{2}^{2}$.

It is easily seen that the strategy profile (0,1) is a Nash equilibrium of G. Note however that

_{1}> 0. Therefore, player 2's best response to any tremble of player 1 in any Selten perturbation of G cannot be the action 1. Thus, the equilibrium (0, 1) is not thp.

The graph of G is the set

_{G̅}, is defined analogously. The closures of Γ

_{G̅}and Γ

_{G̅}are denoted by Γ

_{G̅}and Γ̅

_{G̅}respectively.

Given {A, B} ⊆ ℝ ∋ ε, we write

The following definition is taken from Reny [14].

## Definition 4

The game G is **better-reply secure** if for every (x, α) ∈ Γ̅_{G} such that x is not a Nash equilibrium of G, there exist i, y_{i} ∈ X_{i}, a neighborhood O_{x−}_{i} of x_{−}_{i}, and β ∈ ℝ such that u_{i}(y_{i}, O_{x}_{−}_{i}) ≥ β > α_{i}.

The following proposition is analogous to Proposition 1 in Carbonell-Nicolau [11]^{5} It suggests that the existence of Nash equilibria surviving trembling-hand perfection depends crucially on the existence of Nash equilibria in Selten perturbations of G.

## Proposition 1

Suppose that G is a compact, metric game. If G̅ is better-reply secure and there exists (α, μ) ∈ (0, 1) ×
$\widehat{M}$ such that G̅_{δμ} has a Nash equilibrium for every δ ∈(0, α], then G possesses a trembling-hand perfect equilibrium, and all trembling-hand perfect equilibria of G are Nash.

Proof. Let (α, μ) be as in the statement of the proposition. Then, for large n, each G̅_{n−1}_{μ} possesses a Nash equilibrium ϱ^{n}. Because ϱ^{n} ∈ M and M is sequentially compact, we may write (passing to a subsequence if necessary) ϱ^{n} → ϱ for some ϱ ∈ M. Therefore, ϱ is a thp equilibrium of G.

To see that all thp equilibria of G are Nash, suppose that ϱ is a thp equilibrium of G, and let ϱ^{n} be the corresponding sequence of equilibria in Selten perturbations, i.e., each ϱ^{n} is a Nash equilibrium of Ḡ_{δnμn}, where δ^{n} → 0,
${\mu}^{n}$, and ϱ^{n} → ϱ. We wish to show that ϱ is a (mixed-strategy) Nash equilibrium of G. To this end, we assume that ϱ is not an equilibrium and derive a contradiction.

Because ϱ^{n} → ϱ and each u_{i} is bounded, we may write (passing to a subsequence if necessary)

_{1},…, α

_{n}) ∈ ℝ

^{N}. Consequently, (ϱ, α) Γ̅

_{G̅}so if ϱ is not a Nash equilibrium of G, then, since G̅ is better-reply secure, some player i can secure a payoff strictly above α

_{i}at ϱ. That is, for some σ

_{i}∈ M

_{i}, some neighborhood O

_{ϱ −i}of ϱ

_{−i}, and some γ > 0

We therefore have, in view of (1)

^{n}→ 0, for large enough n we have

^{n}is a Nash equilibrium in G̅

_{δn}

_{μn}

In light of Proposition 1, it is only natural to ask whether the machinery developed within the literature on the existence of Nash equilibria in discontinuous games can be employed to show that Selten perturbations of G possess Nash equilibria. Reny ([14], Theorem 3.1) proves that a compact, metric, quasiconcave, and better-reply secure game possesses a Nash equilibrium.^{6} If G is a compact, metric game, then, for
$(\delta ,\mu )$, G̅_{δμ} is a compact, metric game.^{7} In addition, Ḡ_{δμ} is easily seen to be quasiconcave. Consequently, a Selten perturbation Ḡ_{δμ} possesses a Nash equilibrium if it is better-reply secure. This observation, together with Proposition 1, gives the following lemma.

## Lemma 1

If G is a compact, metric game and there exists
$(\alpha ,\mu )$ such that G̅_{δμ} is better-reply secure for every δ ∈ [0, α], then G possesses a trembling-hand perfect equilibrium, and all trembling-hand perfect equilibria of G are Nash.

In general, verifying the existence of
$(\alpha ,\mu )$ such that G̅_{δμ} is better-reply secure for every δ ∈ [0, α] is cumbersome, for it entails dealing with expected payoffs, defined on mixed strategies, and the weak* convergence of measures. Consequently, rather than imposing better-reply security directly on G̅_{δμ}, one would like to have conditions on the payoffs of the original game G that (1) prove useful in applications and (2) imply better-reply security in perturbations of G.

Unfortunately, G̅_{δμ} need not inherit better-reply security from G, and even standard strengthenings of better-reply security—payoff security or uniform payoff security (to be defined below), along with upper semicontinuity of
${\sum}_{i=1}^{N}{u}_{i}$—do not generally give the desired property in G̅_{δμ}.

The following definition is taken from Reny [14].

## Definition 5

The game G is **payoff secure** if for each ε > 0, x ∈ X, and i, there exists y_{i} ∈ X_{i} such that u_{i}(y_{i}, O_{x−i}) > u_{i}(x) − ε for some neighborhood O_{x−i} of x_{−}_{i}.

It is well-known (Reny [14], Proposition 3.2) that payoff security of G and upper semicontinuity of ${\sum}_{i=1}^{N}{u}_{i}$ensure better-reply security of G. However, payoff security of G and upper semicontinuity of ${\sum}_{i=1}^{N}{u}_{i}$ need not give better-reply security of the mixed extension Ḡ. The following example illustrates this point.

## Example 2

(Sion and Wolfe [17]). Consider the game G = ([0,1], [0, 1], u_{1}, u_{2}), where

_{2}: = −u

_{1}(Figure 1).

This game is zero-sum (and so ${\sum}_{i=1}^{N}{u}_{i}$ is constant) and payoff secure (Carmona [18], Proposition 4). Moreover, as shown by Sion and Wolfe [17], G has no mixed-strategy Nash equilibria. Hence, by Corollary 5.2 of Reny [14], G̅ fails better-reply security.

Now consider the following strengthening of payoff security (cf. Monteiro and Page [19]).

## Definition 6.

Given Y_{i} ⊆ X_{i} for each i, the game G is **uniformly payoff secure over**${\times}_{i=1}^{N}{Y}_{i}$ if for each i, ε > 0, and x_{i} ∈ Y_{i}, there exists y_{i} ∈ X_{i} such that for every y_{−}_{i} ∈ X_{−i}, there is a neighborhood O_{y}_{−}_{i} of y_{−}_{i} such that u_{i}(y_{i}, O_{y}_{−}_{i}) > u_{i}(x_{i}, y_{−i}) − ε.

The game G is **uniformly payoff secure** if it is uniformly payoff secure over X.

Uniform payoff security of G yields payoff security of the mixed extension G̅ ([19], Theorem 1). By standard arguments, this means that uniform payoff security of G, together with upper semicontinuity of
${\sum}_{i=1}^{N}{u}_{i}$, implies better-reply security of G̅. Nonetheless, these two conditions need not lead to better-reply security of G̅_{δμ}, as illustrated by the following example.^{8}

## Example 3

Let (α^{n}) be a sequence in
$\left(\frac{1}{2},1\right)$ with α^{n} ↗ 1. Let (f^{n}) be a sequence of functions f^{n} : [0, 1] → ℝ. with the following properties:

Consider the two-player game G = ([0, 1], [0, 1], u_{1}, u_{2}), where

_{2}(x

_{1}, x

_{2}) : = u

_{1}(x

_{2}, x

_{1}) (Figure 2).

It is easy to verify that
${\sum}_{i=1}^{N}{u}_{i}$ is upper semicontinuous and G is uniformly payoff secure. However, G̅_{δμ} fails payoff security whenever
$\mu $ and δ ∈ (0, 1). To see this, fix
$\mu =$ and δ ∈ (0, 1). We need to show that there exist ε > 0, i, and ν ∈ M(δμ) such that for all σ_{i} ∈ M_{i}(δμ_{i}) there is a point σ_{−i} ∈ X_{j≠i}M_{j}(δμ_{j}) arbitrarily close to ν _{−i} for which U_{i}(σ_{i}, σ_{−i}) ≤ U_{i}(ν) − ε. Thus, it suffices to establish the following for ε > 0 sufficiently small: there is an n such that for each neighborhood O_{(1-δ)αn+δμ2} of (1 − δ)α^{n} + δμ_{2} and every y_{1} ∈ [0, 1]

_{2}∈ O

_{(1-δ)αn+δμ2}⋂ M

_{2}(δμ

_{2}).

Choose ε > 0 with the property that for any large enough n

_{(1-δ)αn+δμ2}of (1 − δ)α

^{n}+ δμ

_{2}and any y

_{1}∈ [0, 1]. Clearly, we may pick some y

_{2}∈ (α

^{n}, α

^{n+1}) sufficiently close to α

^{n}to ensure that (1 − δ)y

_{2}+ δμ

_{2}∈ O

_{(1-δ)αn+δμ2}By linearity of U

_{1}we have

Therefore, because U_{1}(y_{1}, y_{2}) ≤ 1 ≥ U_{1}(y_{1}, μ_{2}) and
${U}_{1}\left({\mu}_{1},{y}_{2}\right)\le {\mu}_{1}\left(\left\{1\right\}\right)+{\sum}_{m=n+1}^{\infty}{\mu}_{1}\left(\left\{{\alpha}^{m}\right\}\right)$

On the other hand, we have

_{δμ}is not payoff secure.

The perturbation G̅_{δμ} also fails better-reply security. To see this, choose
$\mu $ and δ ∈ (0, 1), and observe that

_{G̅δμ}. Moreover, the strategy profile

_{δμ}, for

_{i}∈ M

_{i}(δμ

_{i}) for which ${U}_{i}\left({v}_{i},{O}_{\left(1-\delta \right){\alpha}^{n}+\delta \mu -i}\right)>{\gamma}_{i}^{n}$ for some neighborhood O

_{(1-δ)αn}

_{+δμ−}

_{i}of (1 − δ)α

^{n}+ δμ

_{−i}. It follows that G̅

_{δμ}is not better-reply secure.

^{9}

In light of Example 3, any condition on the payoff functions of G leading to the hypothesis of Lemma 1 (when combined with upper semicontinuity of
${\sum}_{i=1}^{N}{u}_{i}$) must be stronger than uniform payoff security.^{10}

The following condition appears in Carbonell-Nicolau [11].

## Condition (A)

There exists
$({\mu}_{1},\dots ,{\mu}_{N})\in \widehat{M}$ such that for each i and every ε > 0 there is a Borel measurable map f : X_{i} → X_{i} such that the following is satisfied:

For each x

_{i}∈ X_{i}and every y_{−i}∈ X_{−}_{i}, there is a neighborhood O_{y}_{−}_{i}of y_{−i}such that$${u}_{i}\left(f\left({x}_{i}\right),{O}_{y-i}\right)>{u}_{i}\left({x}_{i},{y}_{-i}\right)-\varepsilon $$For each y

_{−i}∈ X_{−i}, there is a subset Y_{i}of X_{i}with μ_{i}(Y_{i}) = 1 such that for every x_{i}∈ Y_{i}, there is a neighborhood V_{y}_{−}_{i}of y_{−i}such that u_{i}(f(x_{i}), z_{−}_{i}) < u_{i}(x_{i}, z_{−}_{i}) + ε for all z_{−}_{i}∈ V_{y}_{−}_{i}.^{11}

It is clear that (A) strengthens the concept of uniform payoff security.

## Remark 2

The following implications are immediate:

continuity ⇒ | (A) |

⇒ | uniform payoff security |

⇒ | payoff security |

We can establish payoff security of a Selten perturbation of G from Condition (A).

## Lemma 2

Suppose that a compact, metric game G satisfies Condition (A). Then there exists
$\mu $ such that G̅_{δμ} is payoff secure for every δ ∈ [0, 1).

This result plays a central role in the proof of the main results of this paper.^{12} The proof of Lemma 2 can be found in Section 4.

Lemma 2 can be combined with known results to prove an existence theorem. In fact, under the hypothesis of Lemma 2, we obtain payoff security of G̅_{δμ} for any δ ∈ [0, 1). If in addition
${\sum}_{i=1}^{N}{u}_{i}$ is upper semicontinuous, since upper semicontinuity of
${\sum}_{i=1}^{N}{u}_{i}$ gives upper semicontinuity of Σ_{i}U_{i} (Reny [14], Proposition 5.1), it follows that G̅_{δμ} is better-reply secure for any δ ∈ [0, 1) (Reny [14], Proposition 3.2). Applying Lemma 1 gives a thp equilibrium in G.

The following statement summarizes this finding.

## Theorem 2

Suppose that a compact, metric game G satisfies Condition (A). Suppose further that ${\sum}_{i=1}^{N}{u}_{i}$ is upper semicontinuous. Then G has a trembling-hand perfect equilibrium, and all trembling-hand perfect equilibria of G are Nash.

Lemma 2 is similar to Lemma 1 in Carbonell-Nicolau [11]. Lemma 1 in [11] states that if a compact, metric game satisfies Condition (A), then there exists
$\mu $ such that the game G_{(δ,μ)} is payoff secure for every δ ∈ [0, 1), where G_{(δ,μ)} is defined as

The statement of this lemma differs from that of Lemma 2 in that G_{(δ,μ)} and G̅_{δμ} are distinct objects. In fact, the latter can be shown to be homeomorphic to the mixed extension of the former. Consequently, since payoff security of a game does not generally imply payoff security of its mixed extension, Lemma 2 is not implied by Lemma 1 in [11]. On the other hand, it should be noted that Theorem 2 is not implied by Theorem 3 or Theorem 4 in [11]. In fact, both the hypothesis and the conclusion are weaker for Theorem 2.^{13}

The remainder of this section derives a corollary of Theorem 2 in terms of two independent conditions introduced in [11]—generic entire payoff security and generic local equi-upper semicontinuity—that imply Condition (A). While stronger, these conditions prove useful in applications: they apply in a variety of economic games and do not explicitly require the measurability of the map f in Condition (A). Both Theorem 2 and its corollary (Corollary 1, in terms of generic entire payoff security and generic local equi-upper semicontinuity) are illustrated in Section 3.^{14}

Let A_{i} be the set of all accumulation points of X_{i} (i.e., the set A_{i} of points x_{i} ∈ X_{i} such that (V ∖ {x_{i}}) ⋂ A_{i} ≠ ∅ for each neighborhood V of x_{i}). Since X_{i} is compact and metric, it can be written as a disjoint union A_{i} ⋃ K_{i}, where A_{i} is closed and dense in itself (i.e., with no isolated points) and K_{i} is countable.

Let
${\stackrel{~}{M}}_{i}$ be the set of measures μ_{i} in M_{i} such that μ_{i}({x_{i}}) = 0 and μ_{i} (N_{e}(x_{i})) > 0 for each x_{i} ∈ A_{i} and every ∈ ≥ 0, and μ_{i}({x_{i}}) > 0 for every x_{i} ∈ K_{i}. Define
$\stackrel{~}{M}$.

Clearly,
${\stackrel{~}{M}}_{i}$ is a subset of
${\stackrel{\u02c6}{M}}_{i}$. Moreover,
${\stackrel{~}{M}}_{i}$ is nonempty In fact, it is not difficult to show that
${\stackrel{~}{M}}_{i}$ is dense in M_{i} for each i.

## Definition 7

Given Y_{i} ⊆ X_{i} for each i, we say that G is **entirely payoff secure over**${\times}_{i=1}^{N}{Y}_{i}$ if for each i, ∈ > 0, and x_{i} ∈ Y_{i}, and for every neighborhood O of x_{i}, there exist y_{i} ∈ O and a neighborhood O_{xi} of x_{i} such that for every y_{−i} ∈ x_{−i}, there is a neighborhood O_{y}_{−i} of y_{−i} for which u_{i}(y_{i}, O_{y}__{i}) > u_{i}(O_{xi}, y_{−i}) − ∈.

We say that G is **entirely payoff secure** if it is entirely payoff secure over X.

## Definition 8

Given Y_{i} ⊆ X_{i} for each i, we say that the game G is **generically entirely payoff secure over**${\times}_{i=1}^{N}{Y}_{i}$ if there is, for each i, a set Z_{i} ⊆Y_{i} with Y_{i}∖Z_{i} countable such that G is uniformly payoff secure over
${\times}_{i=1}^{N}{Y}_{i}({Y}_{i}\backslash {Z}_{i})$ and entirely payoff secure over
${\times}_{i=1}^{N}{Z}_{i}$

A game G is **generically entirely payoff secure** if it is entirely payoff secure over
${\times}_{i=1}^{N}{K}_{i}$ and generically entirely payoff secure over
${X}_{i=1}^{N}{A}_{i}$ (recall that X_{i} = A_{i} ⋃ K_{i}, where A_{i} is closed and dense in itself and K_{i} is countable).

## Remark 3

The following implications are immediate:

continuity ⇒ | entire payoff security |

⇒ | generic entire payoff security |

⇒ | uniform payoff security |

⇒ | payoff security |

## Definition 9

The game G is **locally equi-upper semicontinuous** if for each i, x_{−}_{i} ∈ X_{−}_{i}, and x_{i} ∈ X_{i}, and for each ε > 0, there exists a neighborhood O_{xi} of x_{i} such that for every y_{i} ∈ O_{xi} there exists a neighborhood O_{x−i} of x_{−}_{i} such that u_{i}(y_{i}, y_{−}_{i}) < u_{i}(x_{i}, y_{−}_{i}) + ε for all y_{−i} ∈ O_{x−i}.

## Definition 10

The game G is **generically locally equi-upper semicontinuous** if there exists
$({\mu}_{1},\dots ,{\mu}_{N})\in \stackrel{~}{M}$ such that for each i and x_{−}_{i} ∈ ×_{−}_{i}, there exists Y_{i} ⊆ X_{i} with μ_{i}(Y_{i}) = 1 such that for each x_{i} ∈ Y_{i} and ε > 0, there exists a neighborhood O_{xi} of x_{i} such that for every y_{i} ∈ O_{xi} there is a neighborhood O_{x−i} of x_{−i} such that u_{i}(y_{i}, y_{−i}) < u_{i}(x_{i}, y_{−i}) + ∈ for all y_{−i} ∈ O_{x−i}.

It turns out that generic entire payoff security and generic local equi-upper semicontinuity imply Condition (A).

## Lemma 3

(Carbonell-Nicolau [11], Lemma 4). Suppose that G is generically entirely payoff secure and generically locally equi-upper semicontinuous. Then G satisfies Condition (A).

Lemma 3, combined with Theorem 2, gives the following result.

## Corollary 1 (to Theorem 2)

Suppose that G is compact, metric, generically entirely payoff secure, and generically locally equi-upper semicontinuous. Suppose further that ${\sum}_{i=1}^{N}$ is upper semicontinuous. Then G has a trembling-hand perfect equilibrium, and all trembling-hand perfect equilibria of G are Nash.

## 3. Applications

The hypotheses of our main results are often satisfied in applications. This is illustrated by the following economic games.

#### Example 4 (Bertrand competition with discontinuous demand)

Consider a two-player Bertrand game G = ([0, 4], [0, 4], u_{1}, u_{2}), where

Similar duopoly games can be found in Baye and Morgan [22]. See also [22] for a discussion on economic phenomena that explain demand discontinuities.

It is readily seen that
${\sum}_{i=1}^{N}{u}_{i}$ is upper semicontinuous. Moreover, G is entirely payoff secure. To see this, fix i, ∈ > 0, p_{i} ∈ [0, 4], and a neighborhood O of p_{i}. We wish to show that there exist a_{i} ∈ O and a neighborhood O_{pi} around p_{i} such that for every p_{−i} ∈ [0, 4], there is a neighborhood O_{p−i} of p_{−i} for which

_{i}= 0, for u

_{i}≥ 0. Assume p

_{i}> 0, and choose a

_{i}∈ O with 0 < a

_{i}< p

_{i}sufficiently close to p

_{i}to ensure that π(a

_{i}) > π(O

_{pi}) − ε for some neighborhood O

_{pi}of p

_{i}satisfying {a

_{i}} ⋂ O

_{pi}= ∅. Now fix p

_{−i}∈ [0, 4], and pick a neighborhood O

_{p−i}of p

_{−i}satisfying the following:

If p

_{−i}> a_{i}, then O_{p−i}⋂ {a_{i}} = ∅.If p

_{−i}≤ a_{i}, then O_{p−i}⋂ O_{pi}= ∅.

Finally, G is generically locally equi-upper semicontinuous. In fact, take i, x_{−i} ∈ [0, 1], x_{i} ∈ [0, 1] ∖ {2, x_{−i}}, and ε > 0. We only consider the case when x_{i} < x_{−i} and x_{i} < 2, for the other cases can be dealt with similarly If x_{i} < x_{−i} and x_{i} < 2, we have u_{i}(y_{i}, y_{−}_{i}) = y_{i}(8 − y_{i}) for all (y_{i}, y_{−}_{i}) ∈ V_{xi} − V_{x}_{−i} and for some neighborhoods V_{xi} and V_{x}_{−i} of x_{i} and x_{−i} respectively, so it is clear that there exists a neighborhood O_{xi} of x_{i} such that for every y_{i} ∈ O_{xi} there is a neighborhood O_{x}_{−}_{i} of x_{−i} such that u_{i}(y_{i}, y_{−}_{i}) < u_{i}(x_{i}, y_{−}_{i}) + ε for all y_{−i} ∈ O_{x−i}.

Because G is generically locally equi-upper semicontinuous and entirely payoff secure, Corollary 1 can be invoked to establish the existence of a thp equilibrium.

#### Example 5 (all-pay auction)

There are N bidders competing for an object with a known value equal to 1. The highest bidder wins and every bidder pays his bid. Ties are broken via an equal probability rule. Given a profile of bids (b_{1}, …, b_{N}) ∈ [0, 1]^{N}, the winning bid is max_{i∈ {1,…,N}} b_{i}.

This situation can be modeled as an N-person normal-form game
$G={({X}_{i},{u}_{i})}_{i=1}^{N}$, where X_{i} = [0, 1] and

_{1},…, b

_{N}) : = {i : b

_{i}= max

_{j∈ {1,…, N}}b

_{j}}.

This game is generically locally equi-upper semicontinuous. To see this, fix i and b_{−i} ∈ X_{−}_{i}, and choose any b_{i} ∈ [0, 1]∖ {b̅_{−}_{i}} and any ∈ > 0, where b̅_{−}_{i} : = max_{j∈ {1,}_{…, N}∖}_{{}_{i}_{}}b_{j}. We only consider the case when b_{i} < b̅ _{−}_{i}, for the case when b_{i} > b̅ _{−}_{i} can be handled analogously. Take a neighborhood (b_{i} − δ,b_{i}+ δ) of b_{i} such that (b_{i} − δ, b_{i} + δ) ⋂ {b̅ _{−}_{i}} = ∅ and δ < ∈. For each a_{i} ∈ (b_{i} − δ_{i}, b_{i} + δ) ⋂[0,1] and for every a_{−i} ∈ X_{−}_{i} in a neighborhood O_{b−i} of b_{−}_{i} such that

We now show that G is generically entirely payoff secure.^{15} Fix a player i, and choose ∈ > 0, b_{i} ∈ (0, 1), and a neighborhood O of b_{i} (we omit the case when b_{i} ∈ {0, 1}, which is easy to handle). We wish to show that there exist a_{i} ∈ O and a neighborhood O_{bi} such that for all b_{−}_{i} ∈ [0, 1]^{N}^{−1}, there is a neighborhood O_{b−}_{i} of b_{−i} for which

Choose a_{i} ∈ O ∩ (b_{i}, b_{i} + ∈), and fix a neighborhood O_{bi} of b_{i} such that O_{bi} ⊆ [0, 1], a_{i} ∈ [0, 1] ∩ (b_{i}, b_{i} + ∈), and {a_{i}} ∩ O_{bi} = ∅. Pick any b_{−}_{i} ∈ [0, 1]^{N}^{−1}, and let O_{b}_{−i} be a neighborhood of b_{−i} with the following property: if max_{j∈ {1, …, N}} b_{j} < b_{i}, then O_{b}_{−}_{i} ∩ {a_{i}}^{N}^{−1} = ∅. It is easy to verify that the choices of a_{i}, O_{bi}, and O_{b}−_{i} yield Equation (6).

Finally, it is routine to verify that the sum of the bidders’ payoffs is continuous. Hence, Corollary 1 gives a thp equilibrium.

#### Example 6 (catalog games)

Page and Monteiro [23] consider a common agency contracting game in which firms compete for the business of an agent of unknown type t ∈ T, where T is a Borel subset of a separable, complete, and metric space. The distribution of types is represented by a Borel probability measure μ defined on T. There are two firms competing simultaneously in prices and products. The set of products each firm can offer is represented by a compact metric space X, and it is assumed that X contains an element 0, which denotes “no contracting”. The universe of prices that a firm can charge is denoted by D:= [0, d̅], with d̅ > 0. The agent can only contract with one firm and can choose to abstain from contracting altogether. Given i ∈ {1,2} and a closed subset X_{i} of X, let K_{i}:= X_{i} × D be the feasible set of products and prices that a firm i can offer. Assume the existence of a fictitious firm i = 0 with feasible set K_{0} : = {(0, 0)}. The agent chooses to abstain from contracting by choosing to contract with firm i = 0.

Each firm i competes by offering the agent a nonempty, closed subset C_{i} ⊆ K_{i}, a catalog, of products and prices. Thus, each firm i's action space is P(K_{i}), the compact, metric space of catalogs, equipped with the Hausdorff distance. The utility of a type t agent who chooses (i, x, p) ∈ {0, 1, 2} × C_{i} is denoted as v_{t}(i, x, p); we have v_{t}(i, x, p) : = 0 if i = 0 and v_{t}(i, x, p) : = u_{t}(i, x) − p if i ∈ {1, 2}. It is assumed that utility is measurable in type t and continuous in contract choice (i, x, p). The agent's choice set given catalog profile (C_{1}, C_{2}) is given by

_{1}, C

_{2}) to maximize her utility:

^{16}The map v*(t, ·) represents a type t agent's indirect utility function over profiles of catalogs, while Φ(t, ·) gives the type t agent's best responses to each catalog profile. The j-th firm's profit function is given by

_{j}(·) is bounded and lower semicontinuous. Let

_{1}, C

_{2}) is

_{i}), Π

_{i}) is an upper semicontinuous, compact game. Moreover, an argument similar to that provided in the proof of Theorem 5 of [23] to establish uniform payoff security of G can be utilized to prove that G satisfies Condition (A). Consequently, by Theorem 2, the game possesses a thp equilibrium.

#### Example 7 (provision of public goods)

Bagnoli and Lipman [6] study the following contribution game. There are I finitely many agents. By a slight abuse of notation, the set of agents is denoted by I. Each agent i ∈ I is endowed with an amount of wealth w_{i} > 0. A collective decision d ∈ {0, 1} must be made (say, d = 1 designates the decision to provide streetlight, d = 0 represents the decision not to provide it). An outcome is a social decision together with an allocation of the private good (wealth) among the agents. The set of feasible outcomes is

_{i}(d, x

_{i}); here, each v

_{i}is assumed strictly increasing in d and continuous and strictly increasing in x

_{i}. The cost of adopting decision d is c(d), where c(0) = 0 and c(1) = c > 0.

The agents simultaneously choose a contribution to the public project, each agent i's contribution being an element of S_{i} : = [0, w_{i}]. Let w denote the vector of endowments. Given a profile s = (s_{i})_{i∈I} of contributions, the public project is undertaken if Σ_{i∈I} s_{i} ≥ c, in which case the realized outcome is (1, w – s); otherwise (i.e.,Σ_{i∈I} s_{i} < c) the outcome (0, w) obtains.

Let S : = X _{i∈I} S_{i}. The associated normal-form game is G = (S_{i}, u_{i})_{i∈I}, where u_{i} : S → ℝ. is defined by

Specifically, assuming v_{i}(0, w_{i}) = 0 for each i (a normalization that does not affect generality) and v_{i}(1, 0) < 0 for each i (so that we do not need to consider cases when some agents would like to contribute more than their wealth), we can define ai implicitly by v_{i}(1, w_{i} − a_{i}) = 0. Assume Σ_{i∈I} w_{i} > c. Clearly, the elimination of the interior of the set of weakly dominated strategies in G removes all s_{i} ∈ S_{i} such that s_{i} > a_{i}. Consider the “subgame” g of G in which i's strategy space is restricted to [0, a_{i}] and g is otherwise identical to G.

Bagnoli and Lipman replace each S_{i} by finite counterparts of varying grid sizes, and consider sequences of finite games in which the grid size converges to zero. They define an undominated perfect equilibrium in G as the limit of some sequence of undominated perfect equilibria of approximating finite versions of G.

The authors’ main result is that the game form G fully implements the core of the associated economy in undominated perfect equilibrium (i.e., any undominated perfect equilibrium of G induces a core allocation and vice versa). In view of our results, one may ask the following: Can one apply the characterization exercise conducted in [6] directly on the infinite game g? Can one obtain a similar theorem on the full implementation of the core in terms of trembling-hand perfection? While answering these questions requires a thorough analysis, Theorem 2 can be used to establish the existence of a thp equilibrium in g.

It is easily seen that the restriction of u_{i} to [0, a_{i}] is upper semicontinuous, so the sum of payoffs for g is upper semicontinuous.

We now show that g is entirely payoff secure. Take i, ∈ > 0, s_{i} [0, a_{i}], and a neighborhood O of s_{i}. We need to show that there exist b_{i} ∈ O and a neighborhood O_{si} of s_{i} such that for every s_{-i} ∈ X_{j≠i}[0, a_{j}], there is a neighborhood O_{s−i} for which

_{i}∈ {0, a

_{i}} are easy to handle, so suppose that s

_{i}∈ (0, a

_{i}). Take b

_{i}∈ O with a

_{i}> b

_{i}> s

_{i}close enough to s

_{i}to ensure that

_{si}. Given s

_{−i}∈ ×

_{j}≠

_{i}[0, a

_{j}], fix a neighborhood O

_{s}

_{−i}with the following property: if Σ

_{j}s

_{j}≥ c, then b

_{i}+ Σ

_{j≠i}s~

_{j}≥ c for all s̃

_{-i}∈ O

_{s}

_{−i}. Now, verifying that the choices of b

_{i}, O

_{si}, and O

_{s}

_{−i}give (7) is straightforward.

Finally, we show that g is generically locally equi-upper semicontinuous. For each i, let μ_{i} be the normalized Lebesgue measure over [0, a_{i}]. Fix i and s_{-i} ∈ ×_{j≠i}[0, a_{j}]. Consider the set of all s_{i} ∈ [0, a_{i}] such that Σ_{j} s_{j} ≠ c, a set that has full Lebesgue measure (i.e., it has μ_{i}-measure 1), and take any s_{i} in this set, and ∈ > 0. We only consider the case when Σ_{j} s_{j} > c (the case when Σ_{j} s_{j} < c can be dealt with analogously). Clearly, we may choose a neighborhood O_{si} of s_{i} in [0, a_{i}] such that b_{i} + Σ_{j≠i} s_{j} > c and v_{i}(1, w_{i} − b_{i}) < v_{i}(1, w_{i} − s_{i}) + ∈ for all b_{i} ∈ O_{si}. Further, given b_{i} ∈ O_{si}, we may choose a neighborhood O_{s}_{−i} of s_{−i} in ×_{j≠i}[0, a_{j}] such that

_{−i}∈ O

_{s}

_{−i}, we have

In light of Theorem 2, therefore, we obtain the non-emptiness of the set of trembling-hand perfect equilibria in g.

## 4. Proof of Lemma 2

To begin, we state a number of intermediate results.

Given a metric space X and Y ⊆ X, ℙ(Y) denotes the set of Borel probability measures on Y, and ℙ_{*}(Y) is the subset of finitely supported measures in ℙ(Y) that assign rational values to each Borel set.

#### Lemma 4 (Carbonell-Nicolau [11], Lemma 6)

Let X be a compact metric space. Suppose that f : X → ℝ is bounded and Borel measurable. For each μ ∈ ℙ(X) and every ∈ > 0, there exists v^{*} ∈ ℙ_{*} (X) ∩ N_{ɛ} (μ) such that | ∫_{X} fdμ− ∫_{X} fdv^{*}| < ɛ.

#### Lemma 5 (Carbonell-Nicolau [11], Lemma 7)

Suppose that G is compact, metric, and satisfies Condition (A). Then there exists
$({\mu}_{1},\dots ,{\mu}_{N})\in \widehat{M}$ such that for each i and every ε > 0 there is a map f : X_{i} → X_{i} such that the following is satisfied:

For each x

_{i}∈ X_{i}and every σ_{−i}∈ M_{−i}, there is a neighborhood O_{σ}_{−i}of σ_{−i}such that$${U}_{i}(f({x}_{i}),{O}_{\sigma -i})>{U}_{i}({x}_{i},{\sigma}_{-i})-\varepsilon $$For every σ

_{−i}∈ M_{−i}, there is a neighborhood V_{σ}_{−i}of σ_{−i}such that ${U}_{i}({\mu}_{i}^{f},{p}_{-i})<{U}_{i}({\mu}_{i},{p}_{-i})+\varepsilon $ for all p_{−i}∈ V_{σ−i}, where ${\mu}_{i}^{f}\in {M}_{i}$ is defined by ${\mu}_{i}^{f}(B):\phantom{\rule{0.2em}{0ex}}={\mu}_{i}({f}^{-1}(B\cap f({X}_{i}))).$

#### Lemma 2

Suppose that a compact, metric game G satisfies Condition (A). Then there exists μ ∈ Mˆ such that G̅_{δμ} is payoff secure for every δ ∈ [0, 1).

Proof. Fix δ ∈ [0, 1), and let
$({\mu}_{1},\dots ,{\mu}_{N})\in \widehat{M}$ be the measure given by Condition (A). We fix ε > 0, σ = (σ_{1}, …, σ_{N}) ∈ M(δμ), and i, and show that there exists ν_{i} ∈ M_{i}(δμ_{i}) such that U_{i} (ν_{i}, O_{σ − i}) > U_{i}(σ) – ε for some neighborhood O_{σ − i} of σ _{−i}.

Lemma 5 gives a Borel measurable map f : X_{i} → X_{i} satisfying the following:

For every y

_{i}∈ X_{i}, there is a neighborhood O_{σ}_{−i}of σ_{−i}such that ${U}_{i}(f({y}_{i}),{O}_{\sigma -i})>{U}_{i}({y}_{i},{\sigma}_{-i})-\frac{\varepsilon}{4}.$There is a neighborhood V

_{σ −}_{i}of σ_{−i}such that ${U}_{i}({\mu}_{i}^{f},p-i)<{U}_{i}({\mu}_{i},p-i)+\frac{\varepsilon}{2}$ for all p_{-i}∈ V_{σ}_{–i}, where ${\mu}_{i}^{f}\in {M}_{i}$ is defined by$${\mu}_{i}^{f}(B):\phantom{\rule{0.2em}{0ex}}={\mu}_{i}({f}^{-1}(B\cap f({X}_{i})))$$

#### Claim 1

There exists a neighborhood O_{σ}_{−i} of σ_{−i} such that

Proof. By (i), for every y_{i} ∈ X_{i} there is a neighborhood O_{σ}_{−i} of σ_{−i} such that

_{i}and f are Borel measurable, for each ${v}_{-i}\in N\frac{1}{n}({\sigma}_{-i})$ the set X

_{i}(V

_{−i}) is Borel measurable. Therefore, each ${X}_{i}^{n}$ is (by (8)) a countable union of Borel sets, and hence a Borel set itself.

Now observe that we have ${\cap}_{n}{X}_{i}^{n}=\oslash $ and ${X}_{i}^{n}\supseteq {X}_{i}^{2}\supseteq \cdots .$ Consequently, for any large enough n,

Because σ ∈ M(δμ), there exists, for each i, ϱi ∈ M_{i} such that σ_{i} = (1 − δ) ϱ_{i} + δμ_{i}. Define

By (ii), there exists a neighborhood O_{σ}_{−i} of σ_{−i} such that

_{−}

_{i}in some neighborhood of σ

_{−i}

_{-}

_{i}in some neighborhood of σ

_{−i}we have

_{δμ}is payoff secure.

## Acknowledgments

I am indebted to Efe Ok for his insights and encouragement; Efe read previous drafts and provided detailed comments. I also thank Rich McLean and Joel Sobel for several conversations, several anonymous referees for very useful remarks, and seminar participants at Barcelona Jocs and Rutgers for their comments. Part of this research was conducted while the author was visiting Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona. The author is grateful to this institution for its hospitality.

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^{1}For instance, sometimes the Nash equilibrium concept is too weak to sustain a given result, and the notion of trembling-hand perfection constitutes a natural refinement of the set of Nash equilibria. Beyond its intuitive appeal, trembling-hand perfection is weaker than other refinements, and therefore permits more general theories.^{2}Allen [9] and Pitchik and Schotter [8] finitize their respective games at the outset, rather than approaching an infinite game by a series of successively larger finite games. However, their models are most conveniently analyzed in terms of continua of actions.^{3}Constructing a measurable map can sometimes be cumbersome, especially if pure strategies are, say, maps between metric spaces rather than points in Euclidean space.^{4}In Definition 2, each μ^{n}is an exact equilibrium of the perturbed game ${\stackrel{\u0305}{G}}_{{\delta}^{n}{v}^{n}}$. Should one insist upon requiring that these equilibria be exact? While letting each μ^{n}be an ∈^{n}-equilibrium (with (∈^{n}, δ^{n}) → 0) would still give a (weak) refinement of Nash equilibrium, any Nash equilibrium would survive this weakening of Definition 2. In fact, given a Nash equilibrium μ of G, take ν ∈ Mˆ and a sequence (0, 1) ∋ δ^{n}→ 0, and observe that each$$($$^{n}-equilibrium of ${\stackrel{\u0305}{G}}_{\delta n\nu}$ for some ∈^{n}→ 0, and we have (1 − δ^{n})μ + δ^{n}ν → μ.^{5}The reader is referred to the discussion following the statement of Theorem 2 for a comparison between Proposition 1 and Proposition 1 in [11].^{6}A game G = ${({X}_{i},{u}_{i})}_{i=1}^{N}$ is quasiconcave if each X_{i}is a convex subset of a vector space and for each i and every x_{−i}∈ X_{−i}, u_{i}(.,x_{−i}) is quasiconcave of X_{i}.^{7}If X_{i}is compact and metric, the weak* topology on M_{i}coincides with the topology induced by the Prokhorov metric on M_{i}. Hence, if X_{i}is nonempty, compact, and metric, then M_{i}(δ_{i}μ_{i}) is nonempty and metric. In addition, if X_{i}is nonempty, compact, and metric, M_{i}(δμ_{i}) is a nonempty convex subset of the weakly* compact set M_{i}. It is easy to check that M_{i}(δμ_{i}) is strongly closed, and therefore (Dunford and Schwartz ([16], Theorem V.3.13, p. 422)) weakly* closed, so M_{i}(δμ_{i}) is weakly* compact.^{8}Even the generalized notion of better-reply security of Barelli and Soza [20] or the conditions for existence of Baye et al. [21] need not hold for the perturbation G̅_{δμ}when G is uniformly payoff secure and ${\sum}_{i=1}^{N}$ is upper semicontinuous.^{9}While G is quasi-symmetric in the sense of Reny [14], and so an appropriate choice of μ renders ${\stackrel{\u0305}{G}}_{\delta \mu}$ quasi-symmetric, ${\stackrel{\u0305}{G}}_{\delta \mu}$ also violates diagonal better-reply security (as defined in [14]).^{10}This means that the machinery developed in the literature on the existence of Nash equilibria cannot be employed to establish the existence of a Nash equilibrium in ${\stackrel{\u0305}{G}}_{\delta \mu}$ under the assumption that G is uniformly payoff secure and ${\sum}_{i=1}^{N}$ is upper semicontinuous. We ignore if uniform payoff security of G and upper semicontinuity of ${\sum}_{i=1}^{N}$ implies the existence of a thp equilibrium in G. If this were true, its proof would require an appropriate generalization of the main theorem ofReny [14].^{11}The following generalization of Condition (A) leaves all of our results intact.Condition(A′).There exists $({\mu}_{1},\dots ,{\mu}_{N})\in \widehat{M}$ such that for each i and every ε > 0 there is a sequence (f_{k}) of Borel measurable maps f_{k}: X_{i}→ X_{i}such that the following is satisfied:For each k, x

_{i}∈ X_{i}and y_{−i}∈ X_{−i}there is a neighborhood O_{y−i}of y_{−i}such that u_{i}(f_{k}(x_{i}), O_{y−i}> u_{i}(x_{i}, y_{−i}) – ε.For each y

_{−i}∈ X_{−i}there is a subset Y_{i}of X_{i}with μ_{i}(Y_{i}) = 1 such that for each x_{i}∈ Y_{i}and every sufficiently large k, there is a neighborhood V_{y−i}of y_{−i}such that u_{i}(f_{k}(x_{i}), z_{−i})< u_{i}(x_{i}, z_{−i}) + ε for all z_{−i}∈ V_{y−i}

^{12}Lemma 2 is similar to Lemma 1 in Carbonell-Nicolau [11]. We provide a comparison between these two results after the statement of Theorem 2.^{13}The hypothesis is weaker because it does not assume concavity or quasiconcavity-like conditions, while the conclusion is weaker because trembling-hand perfect equilibria may be in mixed strategies.^{14}The relationship between Corollary 1 and Corollaries 1 and 3 in [11] is similar to that between Theorem 2 and Theorems 3 and 4 in [11]. In particular, Corollary 1 is not implied by the results in [11].^{15}This game fails entire payoff security.^{16}It is shown in [23] that v* is measurable in types and continuous in catalog profiles, while the correspondence Φ is jointly measurable in types and catalog profiles and upper hemicontinuous in catalog profiles.

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