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October 8, 2001

This page contains cites to reviews of Games and Information .

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``This is a terrific book, bringing together two strands of the recent literature on economic theory, namely game theory and the economics of asymmetric information.'' --Partha Dasgupta, Cambridge University

``Reading this book provides an opening into man of the issues that are currently being discussed in the leading journals. It is absolutely up-to-date and the exposition is extremely clear and rigorous.'' --Richard Sugden, University of East Anglia

``I feel that Dr. Eric Rasmusen has written a first class book on Games and Information which should be of wide interest not only to game theorists and economists but also scholars working in many other fields. ... I intend to demonstrate my forgiveness of the author for committing the `mortal sin' of not referencing the work of a reviewer by personally ordering a copy of his book for myself-- this is, of course, if the Editor of Theory and Decision does not let me keep this review copy. Dr. Rasmusen's book is a good investment!'' --Keith Hipel, in Theory and Decision.

``Overall, this is a book that can be recommended very highly to all economists, and would-be economists, with an interest in situations characterized by asymmetric information that can be modelled as games.'' --Paul Hare, Heriot-Watt University, in the Scottish Journal of Political Economy.

``These surveys provide 'state of the art' anaysis at a level which explains the intuition behind the results with a rigour which is convincing without interfering with the flow of the argument. ... This book is written in a way which makes it perfect material for advanced undergraduates, first-year graduate students, and students of other disciplines who want to find out what modern economics is about.... This book is certain to become a standard introduction to game theory. It is written at a level which makes it suitable for good undergraduates but captures the concepts used in the advanced literature-- a difficult task for which Professor Rasmusen deserves great praise.'' --David Canning, London School of Economics, in Times Higher Education Supplement.

``The style is breezy and chatty without becoming vague, and the copious use of diagrams and examples makes the book very readable, not to say enjoyable... Together with Tirole's excellent text on industrial organization, Rasmusen's book fills a huge gap in the market for readable and yet rigorous textbooks for the students of economic theory.''

``Rasmusen succeeds not only in making game theory more comprehensible but also in enabling readers actually to use these new techniques. In the jargon of economics, Rasmusen succeeds in lowering the costs for academics who wish to enter the field. The book is sure to become the standard reference in game theory and may by itself be responsible for significantly increasing the diffusion rate of this new modelling 'technology'. If Johnston's textbook has been responsible for teaching a generation of students how to run econometric regressions, Rasmusen's text is likely to teach the next generation of students how to model games with asymmetric and imperfect information.... With surprising clarity, Games and Information lays out the new contributions of game theory in language that will be accessible to a large proportion of the legal community.... Throughout, Rasmusen's 'let us go then, you and I' approach invites the reader to join in the creative process of applying the techniques of game theory to real world examples.''

br> Reviews of Games and Information

  1. Canning, David (1989) "Optimal Bidding", Times Higher Education Supplement, no. 867, June 16, 1989, p. 22.
  2. Shin, Hyun Song (1989) "Games and Information: An Introduction to Game Theory", The Economic Journal, September 1989, 99: 864-865.
  3. Hare, Paul (1990) "ERIC RASMUSEN, Games and Information: An Introduction to Game Theory", Scottish Journal of Political Economy, February 1990, 37: 111-112.
  4. Ayres, Ian (1990) "Playing Games with the Law", Stanford Law Review, May 1990, 42: 1291-1317.
  5. Hipel, Keith (1990) "BOOK REVIEW: Rasmusen, Eric, Games and Information. An Introduction to Game Theory, Basil Blackwell, Oxford, 1989, " Theory and Decision, September 1990, 29: 161-163.
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