Workshop Networks and Games


Tilburg, April 10, 2008


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During the last decade, a flourishing theoretical and empirical literature has focused on the role of networks in economics. Several factors make networks a particularly interesting area of study for game-theorists. An important theme is the interplay between network formation and strategic interactions on networks: agents form their links anticipating the interactions on the network once it is formed, and the fact that agents can form and break links at will shapes their behavior. Also, network formation games are rife with different types of externalities, for instance arising because agents want to improve their position, at a cost to others. Finally, allowing for incomplete information in the formation of networks or in strategic network interactions gives rise to a wealth of new insights.On the empirical side, the literature has focused on issues such as the detection and measurement of network effects in individual decisions and the identification of network relationships underlying observed patterns of behavior.

This workshop aims to bring together leading researchers working on networks, economics and game theory. There will be ample time for interactions and discussion.

The registration fee is 35 euros for participants and includes lunch, refreshments, and dinner.

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A pdf-version of the program can be found here.

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Registration and information

For more information please contact Willemien Kets at willemien.kets (at) . To register, send an e-mail to Willemien Kets at willemien.kets (at), stating your name and affiliation, and please pay the registration fee (35 euros) by bank transfer to account number, to the name of Tilburg University, specifying 'your name' and `Project number 3700.4042' (more information).

The list of participants can be found here.

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Location and hotel information

The workshop will be held at Tilburg University, Warandelaan 2, Tilburg, in room TZ 5 (Tias building/ building T, see campus map). The workshop dinner will be held at the Tilbury (Tilburg University, building F, see campus map).

The city of Tilburg is centrally located, close to major cities in the Netherlands (Rotterdam, Amsterdam, The Hague, Utrecht) and Belgium (Brussels, Antwerp). Directions to Tilburg University can be found here. A map of the campus can be found here.

Hotel information can be found here.

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Organizing committee

Sanjeev Goyal, University of Cambridge
Willemien Kets, Santa Fe Institute and Tilburg University
Dolf Talman, Tilburg University

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Financial support from

is gratefully acknowledged. We are grateful for secretarial support from the Department of Econometrics and Operations Research at Tilburg University.

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