On an Evolutionary Foundation of Neuroeconomics
Burkhard C. Schipper
University of California, Davis - Department of Economics
April 16, 2008
Neuroeconomics focuses on brain imaging studies mapping neural responses to choice behavior. Economic theory is concerned with choice behavior but it is silent on neural activities. We present a game theoretic model in which players are endowed with an additional structure - a simple nervous system - and interact repeatedly in changing games. The nervous system constrains information processing functions and behavioral functions. By reinterpreting results from evolutionary game theory (Germano, 2007), we suggest that nervous systems can develop to function well in exogenously changing strategic environments. We present an example indicating that an analogous conclusion fails if players can influence endogenously their environment.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 17
Keywords: Neuroeconomic theory, Evolutionary game theory, Learning in games
JEL Classification: C72, C73, C90working papers series
Date posted: May 28, 2008
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