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Section L0101: Class R10-12 in UC140. Tutorial F1-2 in UC140.

Section L0201: Class R2-4 in UC140. Tutorial F2-3 in UC140.

In the following schedule, IGT refers to my book An introduction to game theory.

I will post slides for each class by the morning of the day of the class. The compact versions are best for printing, the complete ones best for viewing on a screen.

Week 1
Strategic games and Nash equilibrium (IGT Chapter 1 and 2.1–2.7).

Week 2
Examples of Nash equilibrium in games with many players. Competition between firms: the models of Bertrand and Cournot (IGT 3.2 and 3.1). Using best response functions to find Nash equilibria in general games (IGT 2.8)

Week 3
Electoral competition (IGT 3.3).

Week 4
Mixed strategy Nash equilibrium (IGT 4.1–4.3 and 4.5).

Week 5
Applications of mixed strategy Nash equilibrium: expert diagnosis and the volunteer's dilemma (IGT 4.6 and 4.8).

Week 6
Implications of rationality and beliefs about others' rationality. Strict domination (IGT 2.9.1). Never-best responses. Iterated elimination of strictly dominated actions. Weak domination. (IGT 2.9; see also 12.2 and 12.3, although the treatment there is more advanced than the one in class.)

Week 7
Collective choice: voting (IGT 2.9.3); committee decision-making (IGT 2.9.4); voting with imperfect information and the "swing voter's curse"; juries (IGT 9.7).

Friday October 30, 1:10pm - 3pm: Midterm exam, room EX 200

Week 8
Auctions: private value sealed-bid auctions under first- and second-price rules; common value auctions (IGT 9.6).

Week 9
Extensive games: subgame perfect equilibrium (IGT 5.1-5.5).

Week 10
Extensive games: Stackelberg duopoly; ultimatum and holdup games (IGT 6.1, 6.2).

Week 11
Repeated games and collusion (IGT 14.1-14.12).

Week 12
The core, matching, and the deferred acceptance algorithm (IGT 8.1, 8.2, and 8.7)