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Fudenberg, Drew. Game theory / Drew Fudenberg, Jean Tirole. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 1. Game theory. 2. structors in a formal sense, they taught us quite a lot about how to use and interpret game-theoretic models. Drew Fudenberg has continued to learn from Kreps. MIT Press - Game Theory--Fudenberg & Tirolep. Uploaded by Emmanuel Malagón Download as PDF or read online from Scribd. Flag for inappropriate.

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However, although this notion is particularly appropriate for the analysis of extensive games, it is never explicitly used later. In other cases, Myerson omits to point out to the reader some easy relationships between different solution concepts; e.

Auctions and general trading mechanisms are predominant, but there is also a nice analysis of voting and binary agenda. Other less elaborate but nonetheless interesting applications are offered as exercises. They are not ranked according to the difficulty and solutions are not offered, but substantial hints are provided for the more demanding ones.

A few more theoretical exercises about results omitted in the main text would be desirable. Binmore believes that game theory is a subject per se, and thus his book should appeal to any scholar who is not interested in a game theory ancillary to economics. As is often the case, the root of the strength of this book is also the source of its main weakness.

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Fun and Games is not a book from which to learn applied game theory, and readers new to the field are unlikely to get a clear picture of where the literature on game theory is going today. Particular effort is made in presenting elementary linear algebra and probability. In fact, parts of Chapters 2 for proba- bility , 4 for linear albegra and 5 for convex analysis would make very nice additions to this textbook.

Occasionally, however, the result is less satisfactory: for instance, the discussion of differential equations pp. For the rest, no other background beyond common sense is needed and, in particular, no familiarity with economics is required. Other symbols are used to tell the reader whether the section is to be pondered on or if it can be safely skipped.

Skipping for those not interested is almost always harmless; however, to make the most of this book, the philosophy sections should not be passed over too often. STYLE Most of the time, the exposition is kept at the level of a lecture by a brilliant teacher to a class of smart undergraduates: examples are used to prepare and explain the definitions and to build the intuition for the theorems, which are only rarely proved.

For an example, see how Binmore manages to convey the difficulties about describing beliefs conditional on zero probability events on p. Co-operative game theory receives a virtually null coverage besides a discussion of the Nash bargain- ing solution and a footnote on the Kalai-Smorodinsky solution. Particularly accurate is the discussion of the evolution of beliefs or behaviours in strategic situations, and Chapter 10 on common knowledge is as easy as this topic can be made even so, a few students might still find it too hard.

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Quite unfortunately, the book has no list of references although a few fundamental works are cited in the footnotes. On pp. Usually, when Binmore chooses to describe an applica- tion, this is made to illustrate some idea and the book is not aimed at providing a list of them. On the other hand, this book is unique in having a whole chapter devoted to bringing together several of the concepts introduced to analyse simplified versions of the Poker game.

For instance, see how the discussion of Hex on pp.

An appendix provides answers or substantial hints for about a third of them. Game Theory 3. This makes the book a wonderful source- book for the nineties, but casts some doubts on the possibility of using it at the undergraduate level, even though the authors seem to be convinced of the opposite.

Mathema- tically, the concepts discussed are usually not very sophisticated with the exceptions of Chapter 4 and most of Chapter 12 , but the whole book requires familiarity with formal arguments and proofs.

Moreover, formal arguments are sometimes too sketchy and are apt to confuse readers unfamiliar with formal proofs. As concerns economics, the book is even more demanding: the wealth of topics covered, ranging from auctions to bargaining to mechanism de- sign, requires a firm understanding of the basics in order to sort the main points from the specifics of a model. One of the less satisfactory aspects of the book is the level of rigour at which theorems and proofs are given.

The discussion is usually too complex if only the intuition alone is to be conveyed, and too sketchy if a good understanding of the technicalities involved is to be given. See for instance theorem 8. This classifica- tion, of course, is mostly didactic and the authors make no claim that this is the way to systematize the subject.

Overall, the book is well structured. For each of the four classes of games, an example is introduced first to illustrate the nature of the problem and then the relevant equilibrium concept is discussed together with the main theorem. Following this, several applica- tions dealing both with toy games and economics are given. For a remarkable example, see Chapter 5: the main theorems on repeated games are followed by lots of examples, including the classical repeated collusive duopoly and the Green and Porter model of imperfect monitoring.

As might be expected, there are occasional flaws: for instance, the introduction of rationalizability and correlated equilibria, although the richest in examples of the four books, is left some- what isolated from the main flow of the discussion. Maybe a reference to it in the advanced topics section could help to put these notions more into perspective. Other choices, like devoting a whole chapter to reputation, might be questionable: but it is unavoidable that even the range of applications covered cannot satisfy all readers.

It is probably fair to say, however, that the book would benefit by devoting some space to a discussion of decision- theoretic constructs in games maybe including recent material on lexicographic probability systems , or to some additional motiva- BOOK REVIEWS tion for the sequel of refinements collected in Chapter 11, or to a fuller discussion of forward induction.

Almost all the important topics in game theory and the main applications to economics are considered in the book, including a detailed treatment of topics like timing games, bar- gaining models, and the Coase conjecture. Thus, they should be recommended reading. Unfortunately, a high percentage of typos makes several of them difficult to understand and sometimes misleading to the point of frustrating the reader.

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Relief to this problem can, however, be obtained from the solutions manual, which also provides first-aid for several very challenging exercises. Game Theory for Applied Economists Gibbons has written a concise, user-friendly textbook for those who want to learn how to apply non-co-operative game theory to economics without getting involved with unnecessary theoretical subtleties and a plethora of solution concepts.

The theory of noncooperative games studies the behavior of agents in any situation where each agent's optimal choice may depend on his forecast of the choices of his opponents.

Although the common usage of the word "games" refers. The word "noncooperative" means that the players' choices arc based only on their perceived selfinterest, in contrast to the theory of cooperative games, which develops axioms meant in part to capture the idea of fairness. As we explain in chapters 5 and 9, noncooperative players, motivated solely by self-interest, can exhibit "cooperative" behavior in some settings.

Although game theory has been applied to many fields, this book focuses on the kinds of game theory that have been most useful in the study of economic problems. We have included some applications to political science as well. The game-theoretic viewpoint is more useful in settings with a small number of players, for then each player's choice is more likely to malter to his opponents. For example, when the number of firms in a market is small, each firm's output is likely to have a large impact on the market price; thus, it is not reasonable for each firm to take the market price as given.

The first studies of games in the economics literature were the papers by Coumot , Bertrand , and Edgeworth on oligopoly pricing and production, but these were seen as special models that did little to change the way economists thought about most problems.

The idea of a general theory of games was introduced by John von Neumann and Oskar Morgenstern in their famous book Theory of Games and Economic Behavior, which proposed that most economic questions should be analyzed as games. They introduced the ideas of the extensive-form and normal-form or strategic-form representations of a game, defined the minmax solution, and showed that this solution exists in all two-player zero-sum games.

In a zero-sum game, the interests of the players are directly opposed, with no common interests at all. Introduction XXI reference and guide to some portions of the literature. We focus on presenting concepts and general results, with more '''toy examples" than detailed applications.

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The applications we do develop are chosen to illustrate the power of the theory: we have not given a comprehensive survey of applications to any particular field. Most of our applications are drawn from the economics literature, and we expect that most of our readers will he economists; however, we have included a few examples from political science, and the book may be useful to political scientists as well.

The book is intended for use in a first course in game theory and in courses for more advanced students. No previous knowledge of game theory is assumed, and the key concepts of Nash equilibrium, subgame perfection, and incomplete information are developed relatively slowly. Most chapters progress from easier to more difficult material, to facilitate jumping from chapter to chapter.

The level of mathematics is kept at that of Kreps and Varian except in the sections labeled "technical," and none of the technical material is needed to read the other sections. A first course for advanced undergraduates or first-year graduate students could use most of the core chapters I, 3, 6. We do this in the belief that the extensive form involves marc notation and more foundational issues e. Similarly, a first course might cover only perfect Bayesian equilibrium from chapter 8, leaving sequential equilibrium and trembling-hand perfection for a second course.

The median audience for this book is a class of first- or second-year graduate students who have already been informally exposed to the ideas of Nash equilibrium, subgame-perfect equilibrium, and incomplete information and who are now interested in a more formal treatment of these ideas and their implications. A one-semester course for these students could be built using all o[ chapters I.

Sections 3. As a guide to the amount of material one might cover in a semester.The coverage of chapter 7, on mechanism design, might depend on what other courses the students have available. Reputation Effects.

The discussion is usually too complex if only the intuition alone is to be conveyed, and too sketchy if a good understanding of the technicalities involved is to be given. The first studies of games in the economics literature were the papers by Coumot , Bertrand , and Edgeworth on oligopoly pricing and production, but these were seen as special models that did little to change the way economists thought about most problems.

In a zero-sum game, the interests of the players are directly opposed, with no common interests at all. As we explain in chapters 5 and 9, noncooperative players, motivated solely by self-interest, can exhibit "cooperative" behavior in some settings.

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