The Game Theory Economic Model Essay by Master Researcher

The Game Theory Economic Model
A review of the game theory and its applications in the post-war period.
# 89467 | 1,350 words | 4 sources | 2006 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2006 in Economics (International) , Political Science (General) , Economics (General)

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This paper reviews the historical development of game theory, as found in the work of Neumann, Nash, and others. This paper shows how the basic outlines of game theory are drawn to show how it developed as a theory for decision making. The paper then suggests the historical events driving the mathematicians who developed the theory, as a means of showing how world events were responded to in the work of these men.

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"In the mid-Twentieth Century, as the world was preparing for, involved in, and coming out of World War II, a number of mathematicians came to hold great importance for their development of an economics model called game theory in which rational (and irrational) actors are pitted against each other in theoretical constructs to determine the choices available to persons living in the world. The most important among this group were John von Neumann and Oscar Morgenstern, who virtually invented the concept of game theory in their book Theory of Games and Economic Behavior, and John Nash, who greatly expanded upon the concepts of game theory to include complex games with multiple players. The applications of game theory were many, but perhaps the most important were found in the struggle of military powers around geopolitical matters."

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