Supplement to Common Knowledge

Proof of Proposition 2.17

Proposition 2.17 (Aumann 1976)
Let M be the meet of the agents' partitions Hi for each iN. A proposition E ⊆ Ω is common knowledge for the agents of N at ω iff M(ω) ⊆ E. In Aumann (1976), E is defined to be common knowledge at ω iff M(ω) ⊆ E.

(⇐) By Lemma 2.16, M( ω ) is common knowledge at ω, so E is common knowledge at ω by Proposition 2.4.

(⇒) We must show that K*N(E) implies that M(ω) ⊆ E. Suppose that there exists ω′ ∈ M(ω) such that ω′ ∉ E. Since ω′ ∈ M(ω), ω′ is reachable from ω, so there exists a sequence 0, 1, … , m−1 with associated states ω1, ω2, … , ωm and information sets Hikk) such that ω0 = ω, ωm = ω′, and ωkHikk+1). But at information set Hikm), agent ik does not know event E. Working backwards on k, we see that event E cannot be common knowledge, that is, agent i1 cannot rule out the possibility that agent i2 thinks that … that agent im−1 thinks that agent im does not know E. □

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