Special Issue "The Evolution of Cooperation in Game Theory and Social Simulation"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 December 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Satoshi Uchida

Research Center for Ethi-Culture Studies, RINRI Institute
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Interests: Theoretical Ecology; Evolutionary Game Theory; Social Norm and Cooperation; Theoretical Ethics
Guest Editor
Prof. Hitoshi Yamamoto

Department of Business Administration, Rissho University
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Interests: Social Simulation; Evolution of Cooperation; Social Informatics; Agent-Based Modeling; Social Media
Guest Editor
Prof. Isamu Okada

Department of Business Administration, Soka University
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Interests: Evolutionary Game Theory; Social Simulation; Application of Social Dilemma; Computational Social Science

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Although cooperation is ubiquitous in the real world, it poses conundrums to game theoretical research. Workers in a company build a project team to perform a collective activity with other members. Social media users often provide beneficial information to the unspecified majority. Clearly, cooperative behaviors are useful to make real societies effective and smooth. On the other hand, the simplest model of cooperation in game theory predicts that, since cooperative behaviors incur costs to cooperators and free-riding is a better option, cooperation should not have emerged among rational people. Thus, there is a gap between what we observe in reality and what theory predicts. To fill this gap is an indispensable task to gain insights into real societies. Why do people cooperate? How can cooperation be promoted in real societies? Recently, theoreticians in a variety of fields such as economics, mathematics, and physics have been tackling these fundamental and practically important issues using tools developed in each discipline. Therefore, in this Special Issue, we collect papers that contribute to solving the conundrums of cooperation, using a wide range of tools including game theory, evolutionary dynamics, and social simulation methodologies.

Prof. Satoshi Uchida
Prof. Hitoshi Yamamoto
Prof. Isamu Okada
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Evolution of cooperation 
  • Game theory 
  • Evolutionary dynamics 
  • Social simulation 
  • Agent-based simulation 
  • Social dilemma

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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