Chapter

Preliminaries

Flavio M. Menezes and Paulo K. Monteiro

in An Introduction to Auction Theory

Published in print November 2004 | ISBN: 9780199275984
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602214 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019927598X.003.0002
Preliminaries

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This chapter presents the concept of a Bayesian Nash equilibrium as defined by Harsanyi (1967). His approach was to transform a game of incomplete information into one of imperfect information; any buyer who has incomplete information about other buyers’ values is treated as if he were uncertain about their types. A brief introduction to auctions is provided, and how these can be viewed as games of incomplete information is explained. The notations that will be used throughout the book are defined.

Keywords: Bayesian Nash equilibrium; auction theory; games; auctions; incomplete information; imperfect information

Chapter.  4079 words. 

Subjects: Microeconomics

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