Economics and the Theory of Games / Edition 1

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Overview

This textbook offers a systematic, self-contained account of the main contributions of modern game theory and its applications to economics. Starting with a detailed description of how to model strategic situations, the discussion proceeds by studying basic solution concepts, their main refinements, games played under incomplete information, and repeated games. For each of these theoretical developments, there is a companion set of applications that cover the most representative instances of game-theoretic analysis in economics, e.g., oligopolistic competition, public goods, coordination failures, bargaining, insurance markets, implementation theory, signaling, and auctions. The theory and applications covered in the first part of the book fall under the socalled classical approach to game theory, which is founded on the paradigm of players' unlimited rationality. The second part shifts toward topics that no longer abide by that paradigm. This leads to the study of important topics such as the interplay between evolution and rationality, the behavioral dynamics induced by social learning, and how players might tackle the problem of multiple equilibria.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521775908
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 6.97 (w) x 9.96 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1 Theoretical framework 1
2 Strategic-form analysis: theory 30
3 Strategic-form analysis: applications 72
4 Refinements of Nash equilibrium: theory 110
5 Refinements of Nash equilibrium: applications 151
6 Incomplete information: theory 188
7 Incomplete information: applications 231
8 Repeated interaction: theory 281
9 Repeated interaction: applications 324
10 Evolution and rationality 355
11 Learning to play 398
12 Social learning and equilibrium selection 446
Bibliography 501
Index 507
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