Introduction to Game Theory-E2

Numbering Code U-LAS06 10019 LE43 Year/Term 2021 ・ First semester
Number of Credits 2 Course Type Lecture
Target Year Mainly 1st year students Target Student For all majors
Language English Day/Period Thu.2
Instructor name ZHOU YU (Graduate School of Economics Senior Lecturer)
Outline and Purpose of the Course Game theory studies the strategic interactions among players. It provides new tools and insights in understanding and explaining socioeconomic phenomenon. Game theory has also been widely applied to other subjects such as law, political economy, sociology, life science, and engineering. This course introduces basic concepts, analytical tools, and modelling techniques in the applied game theory. In particular, it covers the socioeconomic applications such as pricing behaviors of firms, voting procedures, public resource management, evolution of species, and school choice.
Course Goals ・Learning the underlying principles of applied game theory
・Acquiring the skills to analyze problems of students’ own interests
Schedule and Contents The lectures will be organized as follows.

1. Introduction to strategic reasoning
2. Introduction to strategic modelling
3. Nash equilibrium in the discrete game
4. Nash equilibrium in the continuous game I: Theory
5. Nash equilibrium in the continuous game II: Applications to public resource management
6. Sequential game with perfect information I: Theory
7. Sequential game with perfect information II: Applications to firms’ pricing behaviors
8. Sequential game with imperfect information I: Theory
9. Sequential game with imperfect information II: Applications to marriage market and school choice
10. Games with private information I: Theory
11. Games with private information II: Applications to voting and auction
12. Evolutionary game and biology I
13. Evolutionary game and biology II
14. Review lecture

Total: 14 classes and 1 feedback
Evaluation Methods and Policy Class participation (30%)
Homework (30%)
Final examination (40%)
Course Requirements Basic calculus
Study outside of Class (preparation and review) Students will be assigned three problem sets as the homework
Textbooks Textbooks/References Games, strategies and decision making (Second Edition), Harrington, Joseph, (Worth Publishers, 2014), ISBN-10:1429239964
References, etc. Game theory, Maschler, Michael, Eilon Solan, Shmuel Zamir, (Cambridge University Press, 2013), ISBN-10:1107005485
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