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Game Theory Books

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Nov 6, 2008, 3:34am

Any good recommendations for books on game theory?

Nov 6, 2008, 3:44am

What sort of level are you looking for, and how much? Most good intro economics textbooks will have a reasonable chapter or two on game theory. If you have a bit more maths there are tons of options... most of my textbooks are at work, but off the top of my head Tirole's Industrial Organization book is excellent, Kreps' graduate micro text is good and Mas-Colell and Whinston will have plenty too.

I'll check back over the weekend to see what you're after.

Nov 6, 2008, 11:58am

All I know about textbooks is a couple of principles texts, none of which covered game theory except for basics like prisoner's dilemma. Ideally what I'm looking for would not be something for laymen, but I also don't need to have basic math and statistics explained either.

Déc 12, 2008, 12:50pm

Among others mentioned above, I read Gibbons in grad school and remember it being an easy read.

Déc 12, 2008, 1:28pm

That looks like the sort of thing I'm looking for.

Déc 12, 2008, 2:33pm

Hi Kingrat,

Sorry - I totally forgot to check. I remember Gibbons too. And A Course in Game Theory by Osborne and Rubinstein. Thinking Strategically by Dixit and Nalebuff is almost certainly a good read, but I haven't read it!

Modifié : Déc 30, 2009, 9:06pm

"Strategy: An Introduction to Game Theory" by Joel Watson.

It's designed for advanced undergraduates and first year graduate students.

Modifié : Oct 6, 2010, 3:09pm

Cross posting same topic from the Math group.

Fév 4, 2011, 12:38am

If you are looking for a good read in game theory but are not seeking a technical treatment, then Thomas Schelling's classic Strategy of Conflict is a nice way to get a feel for some of the ideas. Also, the book Prisoner's Dilemma is a fun and short biography of von Neumann (a game theory and computer pioneer, mathematician and physicist), which also contains some elementary game theory examples. Even for professionals, these two books are still worthwhile.

Mar 3, 2011, 5:04pm

Strategy in Poker, Business and War by John McDonald

Also, The Logic of Life: The Rational Economics of an Irrational World by Tim Harford - Has an excellent discussion of Game Theory, and why it is not practical in many real life situations.

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