Special Issue "Behavioral Coalition Formation: Theory and Experiments"

A special issue of Games (ISSN 2073-4336).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 February 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Marc Willinger
Guest Editor
Centre d'Economie de l'Environnement Montpellier (CEE-M), Montpellier, France
Interests: experimental economics; behavioural economics; environmental and resource economics; public economics; risk and decision
Prof. Dr. Yukihiko Funaki
Guest Editor
Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan
Interests: cooperative game theory; experimental economics

Special Issue Information

Dear colleagues,

Both cooperative game theory and non-cooperative game theory offer a wide variety of approaches to the question of coalition formation. Over the last few decades, coalition formation theories have been applied to many important economic issues such as the formation of economic unions, the governance of global public goods and the stability of political parties. However, empirical evidence on the coexistence of small and large groups, instead of a grand Pareto-superior coalition, challenged the theoretical framework. Advances in cooperative and in non-cooperative game theory have provided new insights in coalition formation with heterogeneous groups at equilibrium. Yet many aspects of the process of coalition formation are not well understood. Progress in experimental design and behavioral modelling can shed new light on the roots of the formation and stability of coalitions. In this Special Issue, we wish to gather recent contributions, either theoretical or experimental, on the issue of coalition formation with a special focus on behavioral approaches.

Prof. Dr. Marc Willinger
Prof. Dr. Yukihiko Funaki
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • coalition formation
  • cooperative game theory
  • non-cooperative game theory
  • behavioral approaches
  • experimental design
  • behavioral modelling

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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