Essays on Coalition Formation Theory

Riccardo D. Saulle

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The thesis is a contribution to Coalition Formation Theory. Coalition formation theory is the collection of disciplines and mathematical tools which deals with the analysis of coalition formation processes. A coalition formation process is a process by which agents get together to coordinate their actions in order to achieve shared goals. Coalition formation is an important and recurrent pattern in human behavior and many social
phenomena can be studied in terms of coalition formation processes. Examples are: cartel formation, environmental agreements, political party formation, lobbying
and the of a local public good. The thesis provide a new tool to analyse coalition formation processes and to predict the behaviour of the agents involved in the processes. From one side, our new tool connects and generalizes different existing tools; from another side it is able to provide predictions even when the other tools fails.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Maastricht University
  • Herings, Jean-Jacques, Supervisor
  • Demuynck, Thomas, Co-Supervisor, External person
  • Seel, Christian, Co-Supervisor
Award date5 Sept 2019
Place of PublicationMaastricht
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Coalition formation
  • game theory
  • microeconomics

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