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J.-F. Mertens (1946-2012): des jeux répétés à l'analyse "coût-bénéfice"


  • FORGES, Françoise


The article shows how Jean-François Mertens contributed to the development of game theory and microeconomics as we know them today. Along about 80 articles, Mertens’s topics go from the formulation of Bayesian decision making in games with incomplete information to the foundations of cost benefit analysis of long term economic policies and include, among others, the selection of Nash equilibria in noncooperative games, the existence of solutions for stochastic games and the extension of the Shapley value in cooperative games with infinitely many negligeable agents.
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  • FORGES, Françoise, 2013. "J.-F. Mertens (1946-2012): des jeux répétés à l'analyse "coût-bénéfice"," CORE Discussion Papers RP 2563, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).
  • Handle: RePEc:cor:louvrp:2563 Note: In : Revue Française d'Economie, 3(XXVII), 19-34, 2013

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    JEL classification:

    • D61 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Allocative Efficiency; Cost-Benefit Analysis
    • C73 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Stochastic and Dynamic Games; Evolutionary Games
    • C72 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Noncooperative Games
    • C71 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Cooperative Games


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