Game Theory

Course Description


This course is an introduction to game theory and strategic thinking. Ideas such as dominance, backward induction, Nash equilibrium, evolutionary stability, commitment, credibility, asymmetric information, adverse selection, and signaling are discussed and applied to games played in class and to examples drawn from economics, politics, the movies, and elsewhere.

Game Theory
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Video Lectures & Study Materials

# Lecture Play Lecture
1 Introduction: Five First Lessons (1:08:33) Play Video
2 Putting Yourselves Into Other People's Shoes (1:08:49) Play Video
3 Iterative Deletion and the Median-Voter Theorem (01:01:20) Play Video
4 Best Responses in Soccer and Business Partnerships (1:12:05) Play Video
5 Nash Equilibrium: Bad Fashion and Bank Runs (1:09:14) Play Video
6 Nash Equilibrium: Dating and Cournot (1:12:06) Play Video
7 Nash Equilibrium: Shopping, Standing and Voting on a Line (1:11:21) Play Video
8 Nash Equilibrium: Location, Segregation and Randomization (1:13:50) Play Video
9 Mixed Strategies in Theory and Tennis (1:12:53) Play Video
10 Mixed Strategies in Baseball, Dating and Paying your Taxes (1:12:07) Play Video
11 Evolutionary Stability: Cooperation, Mutation, and Equilibrium (1:12:07) Play Video
12 Evolutionary Stability: Social Convention, Aggression, and Cycles (1:06:06) Play Video
13 Sequential Games: Moral Hazard, Incentives, and Hungry Lions (1:10:33) Play Video
14 Backward Induction: Commitment, Spies, and First-mover Advantages (1:07:07) Play Video
15 Backward Induction: Chess, Strategies, and Credible Threats (1:12:39) Play Video
16 Backward Induction: Reputation and Duels (1:15:41) Play Video
17 Backward Induction: Ultimatums and Bargaining (1:10:45) Play Video
18 Imperfect Information: Information Sets and Sub-game Perfection (1:15:48) Play Video
19 Subgame Perfect Equilibrium: Matchmaking and Strategic Investments (1:17:09) Play Video
20 Subgame Perfect Equilibrium: Wars of Attrition (1:15:37) Play Video
21 Repeated Games: Cooperation vs. the End Game (1:15:19) Play Video
22 Repeated Games: Cheating, Punishment, and Outsourcing (1:15:47) Play Video
23 Asymmetric Information: Silence, Signaling and Suffering Education (1:10:37) Play Video
24 Asymmetric Information: Auctions and the Winner's Curse (1:02:29) Play Video

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