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Title: Modelling human fairness in cooperative games : a goal programming approach
Author: Zaibidi, Nerda Zura
ISNI:       0000 0004 2723 5096
Awarding Body: University of Portsmouth
Current Institution: University of Portsmouth
Date of Award: 2012
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The issues of rationality in human behavior and fairness in cooperation have gained interest in various economic studies. In many prescriptive models of games, rationality of human decision makers implicitly assumes exchange-ability. This means that real people are assumed to adopt the beliefs of a player as expressed in the game when placed in the shoes of that particular player. However, it is a well debated topic in the literature that this modeling assumption is not in accordance to what behavioral economists have observed in some games played with real human subjects. Even when assuming the role of the same player in the game, different people think differently about the fairness of a particular outcome. People also view fairness as an essential ingredient of their decision making processes in games on cooperation. The aim of this research is to develop a new modeling approach to decision making in games on cooperation in which fairness is an important consideration. The satisficing and egilitarian philosophies on which weighted and Chebyshev Goal Programming (GP) rely, seem to offer an adequate and natural way for modeling human decision processes in at least the single-shot games of coordination that are investigated in this work. The solutions returned by the proposed GP approach aim to strike the right balance on several dimensions of con icting goals that are set by players themselves and that arise in the mental models these players have of other relevant players.
Supervisor: Beullens, Patrick ; Jones, Dylan Francis Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Mathematics