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Does Torture Work?$
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John W. Schiemann

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780190262365

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190262365.001.0001

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A Matter of Calculation

A Matter of Calculation

(p.119) 7 A Matter of Calculation
Does Torture Work?

John W. Schiemann

Oxford University Press

The calculation steps described in Chapter 6 generate nine perfect Bayesian equilibria in pure strategies. This chapter discusses general features of these equilibria, focusing on the belief thresholds that partly define them to aid the discussion of the individual equilibria in the chapters that follow. In order to better do this, I introduce a three dimensional cube as a way of better visualizing the equilibria. This parameter space will help with the interpretation of the equilibria and the comparison with the benchmarks in the rest of the book. The chapter also explores the behavior of the thresholds by examining the mathematical and empirical properties of both the parameters constituting the thresholds and the thresholds themselves. Some of these observations and propositions will turn out to have important implications for the equilibria and the comparison with the benchmarks and thus the argument of the book.

Keywords:   perfect Bayesian equilibrium, parameter space

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