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Unawareness - A Gentle Introduction to both the Literature and the Special Issue

  • Burkhard Schipper

    (Department of Economics, University of California Davis)

This article provides a brief survey of the literature on unawareness and introduces the contributions to the special issue on unawareness in Mathematical Social Sciences. First, we provide a brief overview both about epistemic models of unawareness and models of extensive-form games with unawareness. Instead of introducing the approaches in full detail, we illustrate the main differences and similarities with the help of examples. Finally, we discuss the contributions to the special issue on unawareness.

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Paper provided by University of California, Davis, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 145.

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Date of creation: 27 Feb 2014
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