This fall, I will be taking a game theory course which uses "An Introduction to Game Theory" by Martin Osborne. I am thinking of ordering a second text and would love to hear your opinions and recommendations. Thank you.

asked 08 Aug '11, 19:17

Colin%20Williams's gravatar image

Colin Williams
accept rate: 0%

edited 08 Aug '11, 19:22

"Algorithmic Game Theory" by Nisan, Roughgarden, Tardos, and Vazirani. I haven't read a lot of it yet, but it was very well recommended by a friend of mine. The PDF is freely available online:


But if you prefer a hard copy you can also buy it at Amazon:



answered 09 Aug '11, 16:23

Tallys%20Yunes's gravatar image

Tallys Yunes ♦
accept rate: 11%

Thank you, this looks like a great resource!

(09 Aug '11, 21:54) Colin Williams

The Art of Strategy: A Game Theorist's Guide to Success in Business and Life by Avinash K. Dixit and Barry J. Nalebuf will serve as a very good supplementary text.

You might also find the Yale Game Theory course taught by Prof. Ben Polak to be useful. I personally find the lecture videos to be addictive.


answered 10 Aug '11, 18:18

Anand's gravatar image

accept rate: 0%

Thank you as well!

(10 Aug '11, 19:51) Colin Williams

"The Theory of Games and Economic Behavior" by von Neumann and Morgenstern is a classic, and quite reasonable. Amazon has a commemorative edition. I used a book by Luce and Raiffa -- I'm pretty sure it was Games and Decisions: Introduction and Critical Survey -- but that was a long time ago. Of the two, I think I preferred von Neumann and Morgenstern. Neither would be current with state of the art.


answered 11 Aug '11, 17:19

Paul%20Rubin's gravatar image

Paul Rubin ♦♦
accept rate: 19%

That book by Osborne pretty much avoids calculus, so much of what has been recommended is quite a bit beyond that book.

An alternative that is also written at a more intuitive and less formal level is: Games of strategy, Author: Avinash Dixit

If you are looking for something at a higher level the next three are some of the standard ones for economists.

A very good book at the advanced undergraduate level is: Game Theory for Applied Economists by Gibbons

A great book that is a little more abstract is: A Course in Game Theory by Ariel Rubinstein and Martin Osborne It is freely available online.

At a still more advanced level is: Game Theory - Drew Fudenberg and Jean Tirole


answered 18 Aug '11, 16:55

PhDAnonymous's gravatar image

accept rate: 0%

Your answer
toggle preview

Follow this question

By Email:

Once you sign in you will be able to subscribe for any updates here



Answers and Comments

Markdown Basics

  • *italic* or _italic_
  • **bold** or __bold__
  • link:[text](http://url.com/ "Title")
  • image?![alt text](/path/img.jpg "Title")
  • numbered list: 1. Foo 2. Bar
  • to add a line break simply add two spaces to where you would like the new line to be.
  • basic HTML tags are also supported



Asked: 08 Aug '11, 19:17

Seen: 3,389 times

Last updated: 18 Aug '11, 16:55

OR-Exchange! Your site for questions, answers, and announcements about operations research.