Schelling, who wrote the foreword for this book, won the Nobel Prize in
economics for "having enhanced our understanding of conflict and
cooperation through game-theory analysis." This came after he had
taught a course in game theory and rational choice to advanced students
and government officials for 45 years.
|In this book,
Robert Dodge provides in language for a broad audience, the concepts
that Schelling taught.
Armed with Schelling's understanding of game theory methods and his
approaches to problems, the general reader can improve daily decision
Mathematics often make game theory challenging but was not a major part
of Schelling's course and is even less of a factor in this book. Along
with a summary of the material Schelling presented, included are
problems from the course and similar less challenging questions. While
considerable analysis is done with the basic game theory tool--the
two-by-two matrix--much of the book is descriptive and rational
decision-making is explained with stories.
Chapter supplements are
added to illuminate points presented by Schelling, including writings
by Paul Krugman, Thomas Friedman, Steven Levitt, and others.
Schelling's Game Theory
How to Make Decisions
by Robert Dodge
University Press, 2012