The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

2018 Edition
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Deterministic Evolutionary Dynamics

  • William H. Sandholm
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We review the literature on deterministic evolutionary dynamics in game theory. We describe the micro-foundations of dynamic evolutionary models and offer some basic examples. We report on stability theory for evolutionary dynamics, and we discuss the senses in which evolutionary dynamics support and fail to support traditional game-theoretic solution concepts.


Asymptotic stability Convergence Deterministic evolutionary dynamics Evolutionarily stable strategies Evolutionary dynamics Extensive form games Game theory Imitative dynamics Index theory Lyapunov functions Markov processes Mean dynamic Poincaré–Hopf theorem Population games Predictions Refinements of Nash equilibrium Replicator dynamic Revision protocols 

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