Cognitive Economics

An Interdisciplinary Approach

  • Paul Bourgine
  • Jean-Pierre Nadal

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIV
  2. What is Cognitive Economics?

    1. Paul Bourgine
      Pages 1-12
  3. Conceptual and Theoretical Bases

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Economics

      1. Mohammed Abdellaoui
        Pages 15-32
      2. Alan Kirman
        Pages 33-53
      3. Bernard Walliser
        Pages 55-78
    3. Cognitive Science

    4. Statistical Physics

      1. Mirta B. Gordon
        Pages 131-156
      2. Sorin Solomon, Peter Richmond, Ofer Biham, Ofer Malcai
        Pages 169-180
  4. Research Areas

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 181-181
    2. Beliefs

      1. Bernard Walliser
        Pages 183-197
      2. André Orléan
        Pages 199-212
      3. David Makinson
        Pages 213-227
      4. Jean-Marc Tallon, Jean-Christophe Vergnaud
        Pages 229-243
    3. Evolution and Dynamics

      1. Richard Baron, Jacques Durieu, Hans Haller, Philippe Solal
        Pages 267-279
      2. Jean-François Laslier
        Pages 281-291
    4. Markets

      1. Charles Noussair, Bernard Ruffieux
        Pages 313-333
      2. Denis Phan, Mirta B. Gordon, Jean-Pierre Nadal
        Pages 335-358
      3. Gérard Weisbuch, Dietrich Stauffer
        Pages 359-370
    5. Social Networks

      1. Jean-Benoît Zimmermann
        Pages 399-416
      2. Francis Bloch
        Pages 417-427
      3. Nicolas Curien, Gilbert Laffond, Jean Lainé, François Moreau
        Pages 443-462
    6. Jacques Lesourne
      Pages 463-471
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 473-479

About this book


The social sciences study knowing subjects and their interactions. A "cog­ nitive turn", based on cognitive science, has the potential to enrich these sciences considerably. Cognitive economics belongs within this movement of the social sciences. It aims to take into account the cognitive processes of individuals in economic theory, both on the level of the agent and on the level of their dynamic interactions and the resulting collective phenomena. This is an ambitious research programme that aims to link two levels of com­ plexity: the level of cognitive phenomena as studied and tested by cognitive science, and the level of collective phenomena produced by the economic in­ teractions between agents. Such an objective requires cooperation, not only between economists and cognitive scientists but also with mathematicians, physicists and computer scientists, in order to renew, study and simulate models of dynamical systems involving economic agents and their cognitive mechanisms. The hard core of classical economics is the General Equilibrium Theory, based on the optimising rationality of the agent and on static concepts of equilibrium, following a point of view systemised in the framework of Game Theory. The agent is considered "rational" if everything takes place as if he was maximising a function representing his preferences, his utility function.


agents bounded rationality calculus computational economics dynamics economic dynamics economic theory economics efficiency equilibrium game theory general equilibrium rational choice social choice social networks

Editors and affiliations

  • Paul Bourgine
    • 1
  • Jean-Pierre Nadal
    • 2
  1. 1.École PolytechniqueCNRS CREAParisFrance
  2. 2.École Normale SupérieureLPS (CNRS UMR8550) and CENECCParis CEDEX 05France

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2004
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-07336-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-24708-1
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