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A Primer in Game Theory [Paperback]

Prof Robert Gibbons
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1 Jun 1992
This book's introduces one of the most powerful tools of modern economics to a wide audience - not only those who will specialize as pure game theorists but also those who will construct (or even just consume) game-theoretic models in applied fields of economics.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Financial Times/ Prentice Hall; 1 edition (1 Jun 1992)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0745011594
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745011592
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.5 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 265,545 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 27 Oct 2003
This is perhaps the best text that is out there on game theory, at least for undergraduates. It's a short text, which is written in an easily understood way, which is highly coherent. There is a lot of mathematics, but is explained thoroughly, so should be easy to follow.
The best feature of this book is the many game theoretic applications that are provided. This games are particular useful when applied to both Microeconomic and Macroeconomic theory, so this book has a lot to offer.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Too compact for your own good 8 April 2013
By Kjetil
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Coming in at about 250 A5 pages, all in black and white with all the fancy editing you could expect from microsoft word 98 edition, this book wastes no paper nor ink. It is extremely concise and every single word is vital for understanding.

As a student, I find this infuriating. While the mathematics is very simple, it features only sums and simple calculus, Gibbons has a habit of doing three or four mathematical operations in one go, without informing us lowly mortals as to why or what, so in many examples you'll find yourself scratching your head trying to reverse engineer the process he used to get from A to B. Game theory is a subject where you juggle lots and lots of variables at once, so when you add the above confusion it can feel like banging your head against the wall sometimes.

This book in many ways has more in common with a formula collection than a textbook, and as such I cannot recommend it to anyone who's new to the subject of game theory.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An introduction for economists 2 Jan 2012
By Garrold
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This book is a very logical, systematic introduction to game theory. It is focussed on economics, so should be ideal for economics undergrads. There is a little mathematics background assumed (school level calculus should suffice), but the mathematics is sometimes omitted entirely, which can make the text difficult to follow. So, overall I would wholeheartedly recommend this book.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Now it is useless. 16 Oct 2014
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It has not my expected quality.It is the first time from Amazon I did not get my expected quality. Now it is useless.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Compact and formal 4 Dec 2011
Gibbon's text is sufficiently formal to provide genuine understanding and a basis for further expansion. It is also concise, a blessing in any such treatise. This would be an excellent resource for anyone taking exams which include game theory. Examples from the wider literature of the theory covered in the text are brought in and illustrated, which is particularly useful. For a complete introduction I'd suggest pairing reading of this book with the video lecture series by Ben Polak of Yale, available on YouTube.
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