Behavioral Game Theory


A brief introduction to game theory. Rules of the game and equilibrium concepts.

Social (other - regarding) preferences
Human sociality
Ultimatum and dictator games
Gift exchange and trust games
Public good games
Indirect reciprocity

What explains human sociality? Models of other-regarding preferences
The inequality aversion model
The ERC model
Fairness and reciprocity

Social preferences and incentives

Models of behavioral game theory
Psychological game theory
Behavioral economics and social norms



Prerequisite: - Gibbons, R.: A Primer in Game Theory, Robert Gibbons, Pearson, 1992. Ch. 1,Section 1.1. Ch. 2, Section 2.1.A.

Dhami, S.: The Foundations of Behavioral Economic Analysis, Oxford University Press, 2016. Ch. 5,6, 8, 12.

Camerer, Colin F., George Loewenstein, and Matthew Rabin, eds. Advances in behavioral economics. Princeton University Press, 2003. Ch. 8, 9, 10



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