DIMACS Workshop Economics, Game Theory, and the Internet
April 18-19 1997
DIMACS, CoRE Building, Rutgers University
- Eric Friedman, Department of Economics, Rutgers University, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Richard Mclean, Department of Economics, Rutgers University
- Scott Shenker, Xerox PARC, email@example.com
Organized by The Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical
Computer Science and in cooperation with the Department of Economics at
Rutgers University at New Brunswick.
Presented under the auspices of the Special Year on Networks.
The Internet poses many interesting challenges for theoretical
economics and game theory. The highly asynchronous interactions and
large degree of anonymity inherent in the Internet require that many
traditional game theoretic notions of equilibrium, learning, and
mechanism design, need to be re-examined in this context. New cost
sharing issues (such as when receivers share multicast transmissions,
or when flows share the use of a link) arise in network settings.
Incentive issues must be considered when designing basic network
algorithms and protocols. In addition, regulation of the Internet and
other telecommunication networks raises other theoretical issues. This
workshop will focus on identifying new areas of theoretical interest
that arise out of the institutional and technical nature of the
Internet and other communication networks. Our hope is that increasing
our theoretical understanding of these issues will lead to new and
useful ideas for designing and regulating the Internet.
Relevant topics include but are not limited to:
- Learning and Equilibrium Concepts in Network settings
- Mechanism Design in Network Settings
- Institutional Aspects of the Internet
- Incentive Issues and Network Architecture
- Cost Allocation in Networks
- Regulatory Issues for Communication Networks
- Economics of Information Goods
Invited speakers include:
- Herve' Moulin, Economics, Duke University
- William Sharkey, Federal Communications Commission
- Hal Varian, School of Information and Management Systems, U.C. Berkeley
If you would like to give a talk, please send a paper or extended
abstract to Eric Friedman at the Department of Economics, Rutgers
University, New Jersey Hall, New Brunswick, NJ 08903 by February 15,
1997. The workshop will be informal, and there are currently no plans
to publish proceedings.
If you would like to attend, send a registration form to Pat Pravato by
email (firstname.lastname@example.org ) or regular mail at DIMACS, Rutgers
University, New Brunswick, NJ 08903 by March 15, 1997.
Funding/Graduate Student Support:
There may be a small amount of support available for people who do not
have other sources of travel funds. Graduate students will have
priority. Please let us know at the time of registration if you
Information about lodging can be found at
without WWW access can contact Pat Pravato at 908-445-5929 or
This workshop is part of DIMACS Special Year on Networks. Information
about the Special Year on Networks can be found at DIMACS WWW site:
http://dimacs.rutgers.edu or by contacting the center.
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Document last modified on December 5, 1996