Epistemic Game Theory

Epistemic Game Theory

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Andrés Perea
Cambridge University Press, 6/7/2012
EAN 9781107401396, ISBN10: 1107401399

Paperback, 580 pages, 24.7 x 17.4 x 2.8 cm
Language: English

In everyday life we must often reach decisions while knowing that the outcome will not only depend on our own choice, but also on the choices of others. These situations are the focus of epistemic game theory. Unlike classical game theory, it explores how people may reason about their opponents before they make their final choice in a game. Packed with examples and practical problems based on stories from everyday life, this is the first textbook to explain the principles of epistemic game theory. Each chapter is dedicated to one particular, natural way of reasoning. The book then shows how each of these ways of reasoning will affect the final choices that can rationally be made and how these choices can be found by iterative procedures. Moreover, it does so in a way that uses elementary mathematics and does not presuppose any previous knowledge of game theory.

1. Introduction
Part I. Standard Beliefs in Static Games
2. Belief in the opponents' rationality
3. Common belief in rationality
4. Simple belief hierarchies
Part II. Lexicographic Beliefs in Static Games
5. Primary belief in the opponent's rationality
6. Respecting the opponent's preferences
7. Assuming the opponent's rationality
Part III. Conditional Beliefs in Dynamic Games
8. Belief in the opponents' future rationality
9. Strong belief in the opponents' rationality