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Hardcover | Out of Print | 6 x 9 in | July 1982 | ISBN: 9780262191951
Paperback | $45.00 X | £34.95 | 6 x 9 in | January 1985 | ISBN: 9780262690911

Game Theory in the Social Sciences, Volume 1

Concepts and Solutions


Winner of the 1983 Lanchester Prize of the Operations Research Society of AmericaThis book by a recognized authority on game theory and its applications introduces social scientists in a variety of disciplines to this powerful methodology. The emphasis throughout is on the empirical approach to model building and testing within the context of real-world situations.Martin Shubik, who has made numerous applications of game theory to economics and the social sciences as well as significant contributions to the fundamental development of the subject, is Seymour H. Knox Professor of Mathematical Institutional Economics at Yale University. The second volume of Game Theory in the Social Sciences, A Game Theoretic Approach to Political Economy was published by The MIT Press in 1984.

About the Author

Martin Shubik is Seymour Knox Professor of Mathematical Institutional Economics (Emeritus) at Yale University’s Cowles Foundation and School of Management. He is the author of the three-volume work The Theory of Money and Financial Institutions (MIT Press) and other books. He is External Faculty of the Santa Fe Institute.


Game Theory in the Social Sciences is what the game theory world has been waiting for for the last 25 years. Since the publication of Games and Decisions by Luce and Raiffa in 1957 there has been no book directed specifically at the social scientist that surveys this exciting and dynamic field that underlies so much of today’s economic and political theory. Shubik outlines the methods and tools of modern game theory in a way that is comprehensible even to those with very little mathematical training. There are many examples ample discussion of conceptual questions and clear indications of the applications. In short it is bound to become a classic ....”
Robert Aumann, Institute of Mathematics and Computer Science, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem