A Guide to Game Theory

Series
Financial Times
Author
Fiona Carmichael  
Publisher
Pearson
Cover
Softcover
Edition
1
Language
English
Total pages
304
Pub.-date
October 2004
ISBN13
9780273684961
ISBN
0273684965
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A Guide to Game Theory
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Description

A Guide to Game Theory explains the important concepts and techniques without using mathematical language or methods.

Using a wide range of examples and applications this book covers decision problems confronted by firms, employers, unions, footballers, partygoers, politicians, governments, non-governmental organisations and communities.

Written for undergraduate students with little or no prior knowledge of game theory. This book supports any game theory module on an economics degree or indeed any course that addresses strategic problem solving.

Features

  • The first four chapters cover the  basic concepts and techniques such as zero sum games, the prisoners' dilemma, Nash equilibrium, and credible threats, without using mathematical language, enabling students who are alienated by maths to get to grips with the subject.
  •  In subsequent chapters analysis is built up in a step-by-step way in order to incorporate more interesting features of the world we live in - including coverage of risk, information asymmetries, signals, long term relationships, learning and negotiation.
  • Breaks down mathematical barriers relying on a logical approach aided by tables and diagrams to tackle the issues.
  • Exercises are embedded in the text of the chapters and additional problems and discussion questions are included at the end of each chapter to test understanding.
  • Real world applications are introduced into the analysis in a sequential way, enabling students to build on their knowledge and understanding and appreciate the potential uses of the theory.
  • Written by an author with a wealth of experience in helping students tackle this potentially daunting yet fascinating subject, as recognised by an award as 'Outstanding Teacher' for her course in game theory.
  • A companion website provides teaching support with resources such as PowerPoint slides, summaries and exercises.

Table of Contents

PREFACE
1. Game theory toolbox 
2. Moving together 
3. Prisoners' dilemma
4. Taking turns
5. Hidden moves and risky choices
6. Mixing and evolving 
7. Mystery players 
8. Playing again and again...
9. Bargaining and negotiation 
BIBLIOGRAPHY
INDEX

Back Cover

Almost every aspect of life presents us with decision problems, ranging from the simple question of whether to have pizza or ice cream, or where to aim a penalty kick, to more complex decisions like how a company should compete with others and how governments should negotiate treaties. Game theory is a technique that can be used to analyse strategic problems in diverse settings; its application is not limited to a single discipline such as economics or business studies. A Guide to Game Theory reflects this interdisciplinary potential to provide an introductory overview of the subject.

Put off by a fear of maths? No need to be, as this book explains many of the important concepts and techniques without using mathematical language or methods. This will enable those who are alienated by maths to work with and understand many game theoretic techniques.

KEY FEATURES

  • Key concepts and techniques are introduced in early chapters, such as the prisoners' dilemma and Nash equilibrium. Analysis is later built up in a step-by-step way in order to incorporate more interesting features of the world we live in.
  • Using a wide range of examples and applications the book covers decision problems confronted by firms, employers, unions, footballers, partygoers, politicians, governments, non-governmental organisations and communities.
  • Exercises and activities are embedded in the text of the chapters and additional problems are included at the end of each chapter to test understanding.
  • Realism is introduced into the analysis in a sequential way, enabling you to build on your knowledge and understanding and appreciate the potential uses of the theory.

Suitable for those with no prior knowledge of game theory, studying courses related to strategic thinking. Such courses may be a part of a degree programme in business, economics, social or natural sciences.

Fiona Carmichael is Senior Lecturer in Economics at the University of Salford. She has a wealth of experience in helping students tackle this potentially daunting yet fascinating subject, as recognised by an LTSN award for 'Outstanding Teaching' on her innovative course in game theory.


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