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ECO 103 - Chapter 3 Notes

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Chapter 3 Notes! The test is on Tuesday, February 17th!
Individuals and Social Choice
Amir Marmarchi
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Date Created: 02/14/16
ECO 103 – Amir Marmarchi Chapter 3 – Game Theory Tuesday, February 2, 2016 Game theory: method of analyzing strategic interaction that occurs between small numbers of people, firms, organizations and even countries Strategic interaction: anticipating decisions others will make in response to your decision Mutual interdependence: outcome of game depends not only on what you do but on what other players do in response Assumptions - Economic rationality o Assess outcomes o Calculate strategy to outcomes (minimize worst possible outcome) o Choose optimal outcomes (players prefer higher payoff) Game Playing Decision making Mutual interdependence Little/no mutual interdependence Anticipate moves Committing to a course of action Choose strategy bas on moves of opponent Requires evaluation of alternatives, not your opponent Can be used to make a decision Economic model: structured and simplified version of reality used to explain the real-word - Game theory  creating economic model for human behavior - Retains key features of larger scale Player: rational entity with preference Strategy: predetermined set of actions to take in response of other players actions (“what if’s) Information: amount of knowledge about strategy/actions Preferences: desired outcomes Outcomes: potential result Payoff: utility received from outcome Equilibrium: solution of a game Payoff matrix: table with numbers that summarize who the players are, actions available to each player and payoffs available to each player Tuesday, February 9, 2016 Nash equilibrium: an outcome where both players are playing their best strategy, given the strategy chosen by opponent (tendency, NOT surety) - Made by John Nash - It is the outcome that a game is likely to gravitate towards - It is about where you are now not where you want to be - Culture can play a role (i.e. norms) “No regrets” outcome: No player can be made better off without the other player being made worse off Strategies for Finding Equilibria - Many have more than one Nash equilibrium - All equilibria need to be found to make sure the game is solved - 3 strategies o Cell-by-cell inspection: examine each possible outcome (cell) and determine if it is a Nash equilibrium  Ask yourself, “If you get there, would you stay there?”  can be tedious and time consuming (better for small matrices)  any cell with Nash Equilibrium is a solution o Dominant Strategies: look at one row or one column and decide of it is dominant or not  Look for a row or column where the player always has an incentive to play the same strategy o Best Response Analysis: comparing your options Prisoners dilemma: game where each player has a dominant strategy of defecting, and each ends up worse off than if they had both cooperated *no two cells in the same row or column can have Nash Equilibrium!* Pure coordination: where it only matters that the players coordination on an outcome, not on which outcome they coordinate - Neither player has a dominant strategy - 2 outcomes  coordinate or fail to coordinate - Nash equilibria at every place where there is coordination - Payoff for coordinating is higher Thursday, February 11, 2016 Assurance Game: game in which players want to coordinate on an outcome and in which both agree that coordinating on one particular outcome is preferred to coordinating on the other - Same Nash equilibrium is preferred by all players - Neither have a dominant strategy - Payoff is higher with coordinating - Players either coordinate or fail Battle of the Sexes: both players want to coordinate, but each player prefers coordinating on a different outcome - Tough strategy: pursues players preferred Nash equilibrium - Weak strategy: leads to a non-preferred Nash equilibrium - Goal: manipulate your opponent - Nash equilibria at each place they coordinate - Each prefers a different Nash equilibrium Chicken: version of battle of the sexes that results in disaster if each player plays his or her tough strategy - Neither have a dominant strategy - Coordination is when one player plays tough, and the other plays weak - Each player has different Nash equilibrium - When both play tough, both experience disastrous outcome - This is worse than battle of the sexes  ends with disaster o Disaster: worst possible outcome


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