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 (September 15)
Strategic games and Nash equilibrium (IGT Chapter 1 and 2.1–2.7).
- Week 2 (September 22)
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 (September 29)
Electoral competition (IGT 3.3).
- Week 4 (October 6)
Mixed strategy Nash equilibrium (IGT 4.1–4.3 and 4.5).
- Week 5 (October 13)
Applications of mixed strategy Nash equilibrium: expert diagnosis and the volunteer's dilemma (IGT 4.6 and 4.8).
- Week 6 (October 20)
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 (October 27)
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 28, 1:10pm - 3pm: Midterm exam, room EX100
- Week 8 (November 3)
Auctions: private value sealed-bid auctions under first- and second-price rules; common value auctions (IGT 9.6).
- Week 9 (November 10)
Extensive games: subgame perfect equilibrium (IGT 5.1-5.5).
- Week 10 (November 17)
Extensive games: Stackelberg duopoly; ultimatum and holdup games (IGT 6.1, 6.2).
- Week 11 (November 24)
Repeated games and collusion (IGT 14.1-14.12).
- Week 12 (December 1)
The core, matching, and the deferred acceptance algorithm (IGT 8.1, 8.2, and 8.7)