Essays in games and decisions

Mehmet S. Ismail

Research output: ThesisDoctoral ThesisInternal

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In this dissertation, it is argued that the same mathematical object can be interpreted in different ways. For example, it can be a game, but it can also be a decision problem. Accordingly, the following question it raised: ‘Is it possible for a person to be perfectly rational in every situation?’ It is shown that a person can be simultaneously rational and irrational, which leads to a paradoxical situation. For example, while an individual can be perfectly rational with respect to financial decisions, the individual can make irrational decisions in his or her private life.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Maastricht University
  • Herings, Jean-Jacques, Supervisor
  • Peeters, Ronald, Co-Supervisor
Award date8 Jun 2017
Place of PublicationMaastricht
Print ISBNs9789461828033
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • games
  • decision problem

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