Office Hours: M 11-12, M-W 3-4 and by appointment
TThis course provides an introduction to game theory. We will cover a variety of different types of games (simultaneous, sequential) and games played under different circumstances (for example uncertainty, asymmetric information, with and without signaling). The course will not be particularly mathematical, but we will compute mathematical solutions for many of the games.
The text for this course is:
Games of Strategy 2nd Edition. Dixit and Skeath. Available at the Odyssey and online various places.
Requirements and Grades:
You grade will be based on two mid-semester exams (60%). There will also be weekly quizzes (10%). You will be required to write one paper that uses game theory to analyze a problem of interest to you (20%). During the 4th hours which are Monday’s at 4:00 we will be playing games. By participating in these 4th hours you will collect points for the final 10% of your grade.
Some of the fourth hour games will come from http://wsrv.clas.virginia.edu/~cah2k/ which also has interesting information on game theory.
Game login page http://veconlab.econ.virginia.edu/login.htm
Games for 2-14
Game 1 Centipede xmdr1178
Game 2 Trust and Pass xmhc1178
Course Outline and Readings
Chapters in hardcover text
Topic Approximate Dates
1. Introduction to Game Theory Jan. 26-31.
2. Sequential Games Feb. 2-4
Concepts and Techniques
3. Simultaneous Game Pure Strategies Feb.7-9
4. Simultaneous Game Pure Strategies Feb. 11-14
5. Combing Sequential and Simultaneous Moves Feb. 16-18
6. Mixed Strategies Feb. 21-23
7. More Mixed Strategies February 25-28
8. Mid-semester Exam March 4
Broad Class of Games
9. Uncertainty and Information March 7-11
10. Strategic Moves March 21-23
11. Repeated Games March 25-28
12. Collective Action March 30-April 1
13. Evolutionary Games April 4-6
14. Second Exam April 8
Applications (These may be adjusted)
15. Cuban Missile Crisis April 11-13
16. Voting April 15-18
17. Auctions April 20-22
18. Bargaining April 25
19. Student Applications April 27-May 2
20. Final Paper Due May 12 (11th for Seniors)
Fourth Hour Schedule