Cooperation and Competition

Lying at the heart of social interaction, cooperation and competition represent two sides of the same coin. This holds true at various levels. Individuals compete for scarce opportunities such as well-paid jobs, excellent grades or mating opportunities. Recurring opportunities open the scope for cooperation and the formation of social networks. Firms compete for customers. Repeated competition induces incentives for cooperation, such as collusive behavior. Nations compete for raw materials, land, or a clean environment. Repeated interaction and the threat of permanent collapse open up opportunities for cooperative agreements that may ultimately rescue our planet.

The Cooperation and Competition research unit at the CIE adresses these core problems of social interaction. Taking the perspectives of consumers, firms and the society, the researchers provide new insights and a deep and thorough analysis of cooperation and competition.

The research projects are located in the fields of campetiotion and Game Theory and Mechanism Design:

  • Competition Theory and Policy
  • Competition in the Provision of Health Care
  • Contests and Tournaments
  • Personnel Economics
  • Evolutionary and Cooperative Game Theory
  • Evolution and Formation of Preferences
  • Games and Information
  • Bargaining Theory
  • Cooperative Game Theory
  • Matching Theory
  • Coalition Formation
  • Competition and Markets
  • Fair Division

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