# Doing it now, later, or never

Working paper

Issue number:

RM/15/022

Series:

GSBE

Publisher:

Maastricht University

Year:

2015

We study centipede games played by an infinite sequence of players. Following the literature on time-inconsistent preferences, we distinguish two types of decision makers, naive and sophisticated, and the corresponding solution concepts, nave -equilibrium and sophisticated -equilibrium. We show the existence of both naive and sophisticated -equilibria for each positive . Under the assumption that the payoff functions are upper semicontinuous, we furthermore show that there exist both naive and sophisticated 0-equilibria in pure strategies. We also compare the probability to stop of a naive versus a sophisticated decision maker and show that a sophisticated decision maker stops earlier.