CUR 412: Game Theory and its Applications
- 2016/05/31: The final exam will be on June 20, 4-6 PM in Boxue 507. It will cover the second half of the course (Ch. 5-7, 10, 14-15). Exam is closed book.
- 2016/03/29: The midterm will be on April 19.
- 2016/03/29: The due date for HW2 has been moved to April 12.
- 2016/03/01: Our TA is Tony. His email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instructor: Ronaldo CARPIO
- Office: 913 Boxue Bldg
- Email: email@example.com
- Lecture Room & Time: Room 110, Boxue Building, Tuesday 18:30-20:00
- Office Hours: Tuesday 16:00-17:00, or by appointment
Game theory is the study of rational behavior in strategically interdependent situations, that is, situations where the results of your actions depend on what other agents do (and vice versa). It is the foundation of economic theory and has many applications in economics, business, political science, and biology.
This course is an introduction to the ideas and concepts behind game theory. We will study the ways in which economists formally specify a multi-agent situation (called a game), and the ways of determining the outcome of the situation, assuming all agents are behaving rationally. We will see examples of game theory applied to a variety of fields.
The language of instruction for this course is English.
Textbooks and Learning Resources
The primary textbook is An Introduction to Game Theory by Martin Osborne, published by Oxford University Press. (textbook website) You can download chapters 1-3 from there; click on the links titled "Introduction", "Nash equilibrium: theory", and "Nash equilibrium: illustrations".
There is a Chinese translation of the book; it is highly recommended that you get the Chinese version if you find you are having trouble with the English in the textbook.
Games of Strategy, 2nd Ed. by Avinash Dixit and Susan Skeath is useful as a secondary textbook; it is less mathematical and provides more intuition.
- Lecture 1
- Lecture 2
- Lecture 3
- Lecture 4
- Lecture 5
- Lecture 6
- Lecture 7
- Lecture 8
- Lecture 9
- Lecture 10
- Lecture 11
- Lecture 12
- Lecture 13
- Lecture 14
- Lecture 15
Current Semester's Exams
Not all topics may be covered, depending on time constraints.
- Introduction and Motivation
- Static Games
- Nash Equilibrium: Theory
- Nash Equilibrium: Applications
- Mixed Strategies & Mixed Strategy Equilibrium
- Extensive Form Games
- Sequential Games and Backwards Induction
- Games with Imperfect Information
- Repeated Games
- GameTheory.net - resources for educators and students of game theory