On an Evolutionary Foundation of Neuroeconomics
AbstractNeuroeconomics 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.
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Neuroeconomic theory; Evolutionary game theory; Learning in games;
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- C72 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Noncooperative Games
- D87 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Neuroeconomics
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- NEP-ALL-2008-05-31 (All new papers)
- NEP-EVO-2008-05-31 (Evolutionary Economics)
- NEP-EXP-2008-05-31 (Experimental Economics)
- NEP-GTH-2008-05-31 (Game Theory)
- NEP-NEU-2008-05-31 (Neuroeconomics)
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