Economic Organizations as Games
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Economists have in recent years found the theory of games to be an attractive route for exploring imperfectly competitive markets. In this collection of articles, some of the best minds in contemporary economics on both sides of the Atlantic xplore both the potential and the limitations of this theoretical framework. In a lengthy introduction, the editors conduct a comprehensive survey of the hypothesis of game theory and its goals which provides a unique perspective on the subject. At the same time, they warn the theory is not sufficiently well developed to provide an analysis of all games. The papers which follow fall into three sections: equilibrium theory, imperfect competition and the design of organizations. Together they explore and illustrate many aspects of the economic application of game theory in industrial organization.
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  • Paperback | 228 pages
  • 155 x 228 x 14mm | 346g
  • BLACKWELL PUBLISHERS
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0631168885
  • 9780631168881

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Economists have in recent years found the theory of games to be an attractive route for exploring imperfectly competitive markets. In this collection of articles, some of the best minds in contemporary economics on both sides of the Atlantic xplore both the potential and the limitations of this theoretical framework.
In a lengthy introduction, the editors conduct a comprehensive survey of the hypothesis of game theory and its goals which provides a unique perspective on the subject. At the same time, they warn the theory is not sufficiently well developed to provide an analysis of all games.
The papers which follow fall into three sections: equilibrium theory, imperfect competition and the design of organizations. Together they explore and illustrate many aspects of the economic application of game theory in industrial organization.
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Table of contents

Part 1 Equilibrium theory: the existence of equilibrium in discontinuous economic games - theory, application, P.Dasgupta and E.Maskin. Part 2 Imperfect competition: on the rate of convergence of oligopoly equilibria in large markets - an example, P.Dasgupta and Y.Ushio; natural oligopolies, A.Shaked and J.Sutton; relaxing price competition through product differentiation, A.Shaked and J.Sutton; the theory of technological competition, P.Dasgupta; strategic considerations in invention and innovation - the case of natural resources, P.Dasgupta, R.Gilbert and J.E.Stiglitz. Part 3 The design of organisations: on the revelation principle under complete and incomplete information, R.Repullo; optimal incentive schemes with many agents, D.Mookherjee.
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Review quote

"This volume brings together a number of important recent papers on game theory and its application to imperfect competition and incentives". Alan Brandenburger, Economica "Like all good collections, it has the virtue of providing the non--specialist with an up--to--date review of the literature. The book is well produced and contains a very good bibliography". R.Rothschild, British Book News
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About Ken Binmore

Ken Binmore is Professor of Economics at the University of Michigan. Partha Dasgupta is Professor of Economics at the University of Cambridge, and Fellow of St. Johna s College.
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