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Game Theory and the Law

Game Theory and the Law

Douglas G. Baird, Robert H. Gertner, Randal C. Picker

ISBN 9780674341111

Publication date: 09/01/1998

This book is the first to apply the tools of game theory and information economics to advance our understanding of how laws work. Organized around the major solution concepts of game theory, it shows how such well known games as the prisoner’s dilemma, the battle of the sexes, beer-quiche, and the Rubinstein bargaining game can illuminate many different kinds of legal problems. Game Theory and the Law highlights the basic mechanisms at work and lays out a natural progression in the sophistication of the game concepts and legal problems considered.


  • Game Theory and the Law promises to be the definitive guide to the field. It provides a highly sophisticated yet exceptionally clear explanation of game theory, with a host of applications to legal issues. The authors have not only synthesized the existing scholarship, but also created the foundation for the next generation of research in law and economics.

    —Daniel A. Farber, University of Minnesota Law School


  • Douglas G. Baird is Harry A. Bigelow Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School.
  • Robert H. Gertner is Professor of Economics and Strategy at the University of Chicago.
  • Randal C. Picker is Paul and Theo Leffmann Professor of Law at the University of Chicago.

Book Details

  • 344 pages
  • 6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches
  • Harvard University Press

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