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Report 2010-2011

Max Weber FellowsReading Groups Game Theory Reading Group The Game Theory Reading Group, co-organized by MWFs Tali Schaefer, Reuben Kline and Matthew Hoelle, was intended to be a basic introduction to the theory of games for Fellows in all of the diverse disciplines. Game theory is the mathematical analysis of strategic interaction, and thus is potentially applicable to any and all investigations of human interaction. The reading group held five meetings throughout the 20102011 academic year; in October, November and December 2010 and March and May of 2011. Subject matter: the first two meetings involved readings from the law and economics literature, as well as some game theory texts, all of which were meant to give all participants (some of whom had no previous exposure to game theory) a basic understanding of the key game theoretic concepts. The third meeting featured former MWF Arthur Dyevre who presented some of his work reviewing principal agents models of judicial decision making. The fourth meeting covered the most common game-theoretic model of bargaining. Our final meeting featured current MWF Alexey Bessudnov who led a discussion on a piece of sociological literature which developed a game-theoretic model of status and the formation of social hierarchy.

Giulia Andrighetto, SPS Max Weber Fellow

Ana Hosne, Christian Kühner and Reuben Kline, Max Weber Fellows

Given the objectives of the reading group— which was to expose uninitiated Fellows to basic game theoretic principles—the group was a success as the regular attendees are now conversant in basic game theoretic concepts.

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Max Weber Programme Annual Report - Academic Year 2010-2011  
Max Weber Programme Annual Report - Academic Year 2010-2011  

Reports on the 2010-2011 teaching and research activities of the largest postdoctoral programme for young academics in the social sciences,...