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Bounded Rationality and Social Cognition: A Computational Study


  • Robert Hoffmann


This paper examines the implications of a 'strong' version of bounded rationality popular within computational and evolutionary game theory in which agents are represented by finite automata. It is argued that this view has unrealistic features in that agents of this kind are unable to distinguish between opponent or game types. An alternative view of bounded rationality from social cognition accommodating opponent-specific choices is presented and analyzed by computer simulation.

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  • Robert Hoffmann, 2001. "Bounded Rationality and Social Cognition: A Computational Study," Computing in Economics and Finance 2001 172, Society for Computational Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:sce:scecf1:172

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    bounded rationality; social cognition; genetic algorithm;

    JEL classification:

    • C72 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Noncooperative Games
    • J71 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Discrimination - - - Hiring and Firing

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