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Best Books on Game Theory

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Theory of Games and Economic Behavior
60th Anniversary Commemorative Edition
John von Neumann - 2020-06-12 (first published in 1944)
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This is the classic work upon which modern-day game theory is based. What began more than sixty years ago as a modest proposal that a mathematician and an economist write a short paper together blossomed, in 1944, when Princeton University Press published Theory of Games and Economic Behavior. In it, John von Neumann and Oskar Morgenstern conceived...
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Game Theory 101
The Complete Textbook
William Spaniel - 2011-09-03
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Game Theory 101: The Complete Textbook is a no-nonsense, games-centered introduction to strategic form (matrix) and extensive form (game tree) games. From the first lesson to the last, this textbook introduces games of increasing complexity and then teaches the game theoretical tools necessary to solve them. Quick, efficient, and to the point, Game...
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The Evolution of Cooperation
Revised Edition
Robert Axelrod - 2006-12-04 (first published in 1984)
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The Evolution of Cooperation provides valuable insights into the age-old question of whether unforced cooperation is ever possible. Widely praised and much-discussed, this classic book explores how cooperation can emerge in a world of self-seeking egoists—whether superpowers, businesses, or individuals—when there is no central authority to police t...
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Game Theory
An Introduction
Steven Tadelis - 2013-01-06 (first published in 2012)
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The definitive introduction to game theoryThis comprehensive textbook introduces readers to the principal ideas and applications of game theory, in a style that combines rigor with accessibility. Steven Tadelis begins with a concise description of rational decision making, and goes on to discuss strategic and extensive form games with complete info...
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The Joy of Game Theory
An Introduction to Strategic Thinking
Presh Talwalkar - 2014-08-08
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This book is a selection of the best articles from Game Theory Tuesdays, a column from the blog Mind Your Decisions. Articles from Game Theory Tuesdays have been referenced in The Freakonomics Blog , Yahoo Finance , and CNN.com .Game theory is the study of interactive decision making--that is, in situations where each person's action affects the ou...
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The Art of Strategy
A Game Theorist's Guide to Success in Business and Life
Avinash K. Dixit - 2010-01-04
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“I am hard pressed to think of another book that can match the combination of practical insights and reading enjoyment.”—Steven LevittGame theory means rigorous strategic thinking. It’s the art of anticipating your opponent’s next moves, knowing full well that your rival is trying to do the same thing to you. Though parts of game theory involve sim...
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Introducing Game Theory
A Graphic Guide
Ivan Pastine - 2017-04-18
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Why did countries engage in a nuclear arms race? How do we make decisions when we don’t have all the information? What makes international environmental cooperation possible?Game theory is the study of how we make a decision when the outcome of our moves depends on the decisions of someone else. But it’s not just about predicting your opponent’s ne...
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Hidden Games
The Surprising Power of Game Theory to Explain Irrational Human Behavior
Erez Yoeli, Moshe Hoffman - 2022-04-05
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Two  MIT economists  show  how  game theory—the ultimate theory of rationality—explains irrational behavior    We like to think of ourselves as rational. This idea is the foundation for classical economic analysis of human behavior, including the awesome achievements of game theory. But as behavioral economics shows, most behavior doesn’t seem rati...
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Game Theory
A Nontechnical Introduction (Dover Books on Mathematics)
Morton D. Davis - 1997-07-01 (first published in 1970)
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"A lucid and penetrating development of game theory that will appeal to the intuition . . . a most valuable contribution." — Douglas R. Hofstadter, author of Gödel, Escher, BachThe foundations of game theory were laid by John von Neumann, who in 1928 proved the basic minimax theorem, and with the 1944 publication of the Theory of Games and Economic...