Towards a positive theory of public good games

  • Theo Offerman


A positive theory is concerned with the description and explanation of real world phenomena. Wong (1987) describes the purpose of positive economic theorizing as follows: “The goal of positive economics is said to be the formulation of empirical hypotheses that are testable or refutable. It is no longer acceptable to consider the premises from which these hypotheses are derived to be self-evident truths about human nature.” In line with this view, it is argued here that a positive theory of behavior in games should be constructed as much as possible on empirically supported elements.


Nash Equilibrium Decision Rule Reinforcement Learning Public Good Game Positive Theory 
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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Theo Offerman
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  1. 1.University of Amsterdam, CREEDThe Netherlands

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