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ISBN-13: 978-0393931129 ISBN-10: 0393931129 Edition: 3rd

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About the Author

Avinash Dixit is Emeritus John J.F. Sherrerd University Professor of Economics at Princeton University, where he offered his popular freshman course in game theory. He is among the world’s leading economists, having made fundamental contributions in several major fields as well as in game theory. He is the author of many books, including Dixit/Nalebuff: Thinking Strategically (Norton, 1991), Dixit/Pindyck: Investment Under Uncertainty (Princeton University Press, 1994), and Dixit/Nalebuff: The Art of Strategy (Norton, 2009).

David Reiley is a research scientist at Google. He previously taught at Vanderbilt, Northwestern, and the University of Arizona. He is well known for his use of field experiments in economic research.

Susan Skeath is Professor of Economics at Wellesley College, where she teaches a number of courses in microeconomics and a course in game theory, which she introduced into the school’s curriculum. She conducts research in international trade theory, and is currently working on a new Intermediate Microeconomics text with her colleague Ann Velenchik. Professor Skeath earned her doctorate at Princeton University.
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  • Hardcover: 794 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 3rd edition (March 23, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393931129
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393931129
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.4 x 10.3 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John Matlock on January 27, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Now in its third edition, this book has become one of the standards used for a general introduction to game theory at the beginning college level. In this edition the authors (with the addition of David Reiley) have maintained their philosophy of using situations commonly understood by college students (dating, taking tests, historical situations) to illustrate the commonly understood games.

Virtually each chapter has been changed at least minimally, and some chapters have seen extensive changes that reflect more recent changes in game theory. One such area of major change is the treatment of information in games and its subtopic mechanism design. This area was a subject of research for which the 2007 Nobel Prize in Economics was awarded. These changes have required major rewriting of several chapters and the creation of a new chapter.

Consistent with the earlier editions, this book is very well written in a manor that the beginning college student can appreciate and the mathematical content is very low as is fitting for an introductory book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 24, 2009
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As a non-mathematical graduate student who still needs an appreciation of game-theory I found this book to be highly enlightening. The concepts and framework of the field is explained verbally, which is preferable for those that require an appreciation for, rather than a complete understanding of, game theory. A number of applications for game theory are also discussed that serve to demonstrate the broad applicability of the field.

Overall, I would suggest that this book is a suitable alternative for an
introductory course in game theory. I therefore recommend it to those who need to use or appreciate game theory without needing to have a thorough grasp of the mathematics. Alternatively, it would also make a good introductory text for those just starting out. However, while this book may be preferable to those who are not game-theorists by trade or those who are just beginning their study, it may be too broad and unsuitable for those who require a deeper understanding.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By AJ on December 14, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I am a doctoral candidate in economics and I gained exposure to this book while trying to help an undergraduate friend with her game theory course taught by one of the authors. From what I read, the body of the textbook is satisfactory, despite poorly formatted equations and numerical examples.

The failing of this textbook is however in the unnecessarily convoluted and poorly worded examples and exercises. The discipline is challenging enough as is and it is only made worse when it is so difficult to comprehend what the exercises are asking you to answer. This sounds rather harsh, but it's extremely frustrating to not be able use this textbook to demonstrate the material when I already have a solid understanding of it. I would have simply used another textbook, but as I mentioned the student was being taught by one of the authors.

An unsatisfactory effort from a very good economist in Dixit. I would recommend the Rasmusen text instead for an introductory game theory class.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andgrrea on May 29, 2013
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simple, clear game theory text; not a lot with respect to micro foundations; no mathematical proofs, but you don't necessarily need them to understand the concepts..
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Danny Kopec on April 25, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This is a tremendous book for the person interested in the subject of game theory. It covers many interesting topics and should
be very accessible to students. The subject/title of the book is misleading, however, since otherwise how could the authors neglect one of the oldest "Games of Strategy" that has been played and studied by mankind for more than one thousand years -- yes CHESS!?

There are more books written about chess than all games put together. (This may be challenged by the explosion of interest in poker -- which also must be deemed a game of strategy and is also somewhat neglected by the book). There are literally thousands of people in the world today, and in the past who have dedicated their lives to the study of chess. And it is true that the notion of chess and its premier status is regularly exploited by sports clubs (baseball, football, etc.) even though most of them
have never moved a piece or don't play the game.

It is also true that in the classic leading book on the theory of games, "The Theory of Games and Economics" by the great John von Neumann and Oscar Morgenstein, chess is also neglected. We can excuse them because it is the classic work on the subject, very mathematical, and with plenty of material without chess. The same is true for Stephen Brams ' "Theory of Moves" which is a wonderful treatise on Prisoner's Dilemma type situations, but does not cover much chess.

However, with the title "Games of Strategy" the authors have done a great injustice to chess. The reason is probably because none of the three authors knows much about chess.
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By AwesomeBlossom on October 7, 2009
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I am taking a class from one of the authors and I find the book to be well written and easy to understand. The seller was also excellent and I received the book very quickly and in mint condition.
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