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Kevin Leyton-Brown. Essentials of Game Theory: A Concise, Multidisciplinary Introduction

Game theory is the mathematical study of interaction among independent, self-interested agents. The audience for game theory has grown dramatically in recent years, and now spans disciplines as diverse as political science, biology, psychology, economics, linguistics, sociology, and computer science, among others. What has been missing is a relatively short introduction to the field covering the common basis that anyone with a professional interest in game theory is likely to require. Such a text would minimize notation, ruthlessly focus on essentials, and yet not sacrifice rigor. This Synthesis Lecture aims to fill this gap by providing a concise and accessible introduction to the field. It covers the main classes of games, their representations, and the main concepts used to analyze them.


E. N. Barron. Game Theory: An Introduction

The thoroughly expanded Second Edition presents a unique, hands-on approach to game theory. While most books on the subject are too abstract or too basic for mathematicians, Game Theory: An Introduction, Second Edition offers a blend of theory and applications, allowing readers to use theory and software to create and analyze real-world decision-making models.

With a rigorous, yet accessible, treatment of mathematics, the book focuses on results that can be used to determine optimal game strategies. Game Theory: An Introduction, Second Edition demonstrates how to use modern software, such as Maple™, Mathematica®, and Gambit, to create, analyze, and implement effective decision-making models. Coverage includes the main aspects of game theory including the fundamentals of two-person zero-sum games, cooperative games, and population games as well as a large number of examples from various fields, such as economics, transportation, warfare, asset distribution, political science, and biology.


Tom Tietenberg, Lynne Lewis. Environmental Economics & Policy

Environmental Economics and Policy provides a broad but nuanced introduction to the field of environmental economics.

Visions of the Future; Valuing the Environment: Concepts; Valuing the Environment: Methods; Property Rights, Externalities, and Environmental Problems; Sustainable Development: Defining the Concept; The Population Problem; Natural; Biodiversity I – Forest Habitat; Common-Pool Resources: Fisheries and Other Commercially Valuable Species; Environmental Economics: An Overview; Stationary-Source Local and Regional Air Pollution; Climate Change; Transportation; Water Pollution; Managing Waste; Development, Poverty, and the Environment; The Quest for Unsuitable Development; Visions of the Future Revisited

For readers interested in learning environmental economics.


Tony Hsieh. Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose

Now in trade paperback, the hip, iconoclastic CEO of Zappos shows how a different kind of corporate culture can make a huge difference in achieving remarkable results -- by actually creating a company culture that values happiness --and then delivers on it.

- Pay brand-new employees $2,000 to quit
- Make customer service the responsibility of the entire company-not just a department
- Focus on company culture as the #1 priority
- Apply research from the science of happiness to running a business
- Help employees grow-both personally and professionally
- Seek to change the world
- Oh, and make money too . . .

Sound crazy? It's all standard operating procedure at Zappos, the online retailer that's doing over $1 billion in gross merchandise sales annually.

After debuting as the highest-ranking newcomer in Fortune magazine's annual "Best Companies to Work For" list in 2009, Zappos was acquired by Amazon in a deal valued at over $1.2 billion on the day of closing.

In DELIVERING HAPPINESS, Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh shares the different lessons he has learned in business and life, from starting a worm farm to running a pizza business, through LinkExchange, Zappos, and more. Fast-paced and down-to-earth, DELIVERING HAPPINESS shows how a very different kind of corporate culture is a powerful model for achieving success-and how by concentrating on the happiness of those around you, you can dramatically increase your own.


John W. Foreman. Data Smart: Using Data Science to Transform Information into Insight

Data Science gets thrown around in the press like it's magic. Major retailers are predicting everything from when their customers are pregnant to when they want a new pair of Chuck Taylors. It's a brave new world where seemingly meaningless data can be transformed into valuable insight to drive smart business decisions.

But how does one exactly do data science? Do you have to hire one of these priests of the dark arts, the "data scientist," to extract this gold from your data? Nope.

Data science is little more than using straight-forward steps to process raw data into actionable insight. And in Data Smart, author and data scientist John Foreman will show you how that's done within the familiar environment of a spreadsheet.


Krassimir Stavrev, Carol Thompson. Information Technology for Economic Development

The book introduces the reader to the first of its kind business web-application for economic development in Palm Beach County, PBC Interactive. Created by a diverse group of professionals in economics, planning, real estate appraisal and information technology, the program allows for broad-scope research and exploration of business opportunities.

PBC Interactive is freely available online and includes multiple economics-related layers maintained in real time, and offers a variety of features for obtaining business information.


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