A Course in Game Theory Paperback – 5 Sep 1994
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" I recommend this book highly, it is beautifully done..." -- Robert Aumann, Hebrew University
& quot; I recommend this book highly, it is beautifully done...& quot; -- Robert Aumann, Hebrew University
"I recommend this book highly, it is beautifully done..."--Robert Aumann, Hebrew University
About the Author
Ariel Rubinstein is Professor of Economics at Tel Aviv University, Israel, and Princeton University.
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After covering This book, you can easily go thtough Mas-Colell chapter 7,8,9 which is VERY vigorously covers the same topics.
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The authors (like Myerson's "Game Theory" and unlike both Kreps and Fudenberg and Tirole's "Game Theory") cover both non-cooperative and cooperative game theory, with a nice balance.
Two topics not covered in other major texts are "Complexity Considerations In Repeated Games" (Chapter 9) and "Implementation Theory" (Chapter 10). The implementation theory chapter is a wonderful introduction to the topic, but is unfortunately limited to the perfect information case (mechanism design under imperfect information is covered by both Fudenberg-Tirole and Myerson.)
The only application of game theory to which the authors devote considerable space is bargaining (those who know the authors won't be surprised!) - and its treatment could have been a little less abstract.
In sum, it is a very good book that is not dominated by (nor dominates) any of its competitors cited above. If I were to teach a graduate game theory course, I would probably adopt it as the major text and supplement it with papers and parts of the other books.
Osborne and Rubinstein write extremely well, softening the blows of some of the more complicated concepts. Their own substantial publication records in the Game Theory literature do much to recommend their version of analysis over others.
However if you are like me and were looking for a strong book that will help a motivated individual learn game theory this book is not for you. I have tried many of the excersizes and I am still not positive that I my answers are correct. The material in the book is very complex but accessible, that is not the problem. The problem is the lack of development because I can not go over my answers to the excersizes and see what I did right and what I did wrong...
If you are looking for an advanced textbook in game theory, then I'd strongly recommend Ken Binmore's recent effort, Playing for Real. It's wide-ranging and rich in challenging problems.
available to course instructors. I.e. the book is worthless for autodidactics.
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