Games and Economics: A General Solution and Particular Applications

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  • 149
Date Created
  • 1980-03
  • Game theory addresses a problem which is central to economics. Yet, according to the folklore of economics, game theory has failed. This paper argues that this is an incorrect interpretation of the game theory literature. When faced with a well-posed problem, game theory provides a solution. Procedures for facing game theory with well-posed problems are suggested, and examples of economic applications provided. The applications are Samuelson's fiat money model, Phelps' capital overaccumulation problem, multiple rational expectations equilibria, and a bargaining problem.

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  • A generalized equilibrium solution for game theory / John Bryant.
  • A general method of solution for game theory and its relevance for economic theorizing / John Bryant.
  • Minimax-Nash / John Bryant.
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  • 1980-02
Date Modified
  • 07/09/2019
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  • Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Research Department
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
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