Workshop Description


The experimental study of games has become an established field in its own right; it is also a valuable source of information for game theorists who aspire to describe actual human behavior as opposed to that of idealized “super-rational” agents.  Much of  game theory is based on various sorts of equilibrium analysis, and best describes play once subjects have had enough time to learn how others play, but a recent strand of the literature has focused instead on regularities in the initial play of subjects facing a new game.  This workshop will bring together theorists and experimenters interested in both sorts of  applications, as well as in how people group together to play through centralized and decentralized matching procedures. While the focus of most of the workshop will be on bilateral interactions, some of the presented work will consider the formation of and interactions on larger-scope social networks.