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Intentions and Game Theory

16 Pages Posted: 5 Oct 2017  

Jonathan Newton


Date Written: October 4, 2017


Intentions and the holding of intentions are defined separately, so that the former is an abstract object and the latter a mental state. This definition allows both individual and collective intentions to be described independently of (i) the beliefs of any individual about the intentions held by any other individual and (ii) the deliberative process by which the intentions are formed. This facilitates their use as objects of analysis in game theory, the formal study of strategic interaction. Accordingly, a concept of equilibrium in intentions is introduced and described.

Keywords: Intentions, Individualism, Collectivism, Game Theory, Agency

JEL Classification: C71, C72

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