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Game Theory 101

Course Summary

Game theory made easy. An introduction to game theory.

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    Course Syllabus

    • Introduction
      • Introduction
      • Textbook Options
    • The Basics
      • The Prisoner's Dilemma and Strict Dominance
      • The Strict Dominance Solution Concept
      • Iterated Elimination of Strictly Dominated Strategies
      • Testing Strict Dominance
      • The Stag Hunt and Pure Strategy Nash Equilibrium
      • What Is a Nash Equilibrium?
      • Best Responses
      • Testing Pure Strategy Nash Equilibrium
      • Matching Pennies and Mixed Strategy Nash Equilibrium
      • The Mixed Strategy Algorithm
      • How NOT to Write a Mixed Strategy Nash Equilibrium
      • Battle of the Sexes
      • Calculating Payoffs
      • Testing Mixed Strategy Nash Equilibrium
      • Strict Dominance in Mixed Strategies
      • Weak Dominance
      • Infinitely Many Equilibria
      • The Odd Rule
    • Extensive Form Games
      • Subgame Perfect Equilibrium
      • Backward Induction
      • How NOT to Write a Subgame Perfect Equilibrium
      • Multiple Subgame Perfect Equilibria
      • Games with Stages
      • Punishment Strategies
      • Tying Hands (Burning Bridges)
      • Commitment Problems
      • Testing Subgame Perfect Equilibrium
      • The Centipede Game
      • Problems with Backward Induction
      • Forward Induction
    • Advanced Strategic Form Games
      • Probability Distributions
      • Generalized Battle of the Sexes
      • Knife-Edge Equilibria
      • Soccer Penalty Kicks
      • Comparative Statics
      • Testing Exogenous Variables and Comparative Statics
      • The Support of Mixed Strategies
      • A Trick with Weak Dominance
      • Rock Paper Scissors
      • Symmetric, Zero Sum Games
      • Modified Rock Paper Scissors
      • Mixing among Three Strategies
    • Infinite Strategy Spaces
      • A Game with No Equilibria
      • Hotelling's Game and the Median Voter Theorem
      • Second Price Auctions
      • Testing Infinite Strategies
    • Conclusion
      • Wrap Up

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1 - 4 hours / week

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