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Individual strategy and social structure: An evolutionary theory of institutions

Опубликовано на портале: 21-10-2003
Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2001, 189 с.
Neoclassical economics assumes that people are highly rational and can reason their way through even the most complex economic problems. In Individual Strategy and Social Structure, Peyton Young argues for a more realistic view in which people have a limited understanding of their environment, are sometimes short-sighted, and occasionally act in perverse ways. He shows how the cumulative experiences of many such individuals coalesce over time into customs, norms, and institutions that govern economic and social life. He develops a theory that predicts how such institutions evolve and characterizes their welfare properties.

The ideas are illustrated through a variety of examples, including patterns of residential segregation, rules of the road, claims on property, forms of economic contracts, and norms of equity. The book relies on new results in evolutionary game theory and stochastic dynamical systems theory, many of them originated by the author. It can serve as an introductory text, or be read on its own as a contribution to the study of economic and social institutions.

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    Preface

    Acknowledgments
    Ch. 1 Overview
    Ch. 2 Learning
    Ch. 3 Dynamic and Stochastic Stability
    Ch. 4 Adaptive Learning in Small Games
    Ch. 5 Variations on the Learning Process
    Ch. 6 Local Interaction
    Ch. 7 Equilibrium and Disequilibrium Selection in General Games
    Ch. 8 Bargaining
    Ch. 9 Contracts
    Ch. 10 Conclusion

    Appendix Proofs of Selected Theorems

    Notes

    Bibliography

    Index


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