- Essays on nonlinear evolutionary game dynamics
- Award date
- 19 January 2010
- Number of pages
- Thela Thesis
- Document type
- PhD thesis
- Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB)
- Amsterdam School of Economics Research Institute (ASE-RI)
Evolutionary game theory has been viewed as an evolutionary repair of rational actor game theory in the hope that a population of boundedly rational players may attain convergence to classic rational solutions, such as the Nash Equilibrium, via some learning or evolutionary process. In this thesis the model of boundedly rational players is a perturbed version of the best-reply choice, the so-called Logit rule. With the strategic context varying from models of cyclical competition (Rock-Paper-Scissors), through industrial organization (Cournot) and to collective-action choice (Iterated Prisoner’s Dilemma), we show that the Logit evolutionary selection among boundedly rational strategies does not necessarily guarantee convergence to equilibrium and a richer dynamical behavior - e.g. cycles, chaos - may be the rule rather than the exception.
- Tinbergen Institute research series no. 468
Research conducted at: Universiteit van Amsterdam
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