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Microeconomics II (Game Theory)

  • Teacher(s)
    José Luis Moraga-González
  • Research field
  • Dates
    Period 2 - Oct 30, 2023 to Dec 22, 2023
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  • Program year
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Course description

This course provides a framework for the analysis of situations of conflict. Emphasis is put on the modelling of situations of strategic interaction. Through the lens of the distinct notions of equilibria, the course offers ways to restrict the set of possible outcomes in games. The course discusses many well-known examples of strategic interaction.

Since the 1970s, questions about material supply and demand have become less central in economics, and questions about human interactions and information have become more central. Game theory provides the basic tools for investigating the societal inefficiencies due to selfish strategic behavior of individuals, and ways to minimize those inefficiencies. In its first years, game theory was purely theoretical, so as to develop its basic concepts. It was later extended to experimental economics, and nowadays its tools are used in virtually every economics discipline.

Course literature

  • Teacher will produce his own lectures. He draws from the following literature.

Recommended books:

  • Tadelis, Steven (2013). Game Theory: An Introduction, Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ.
  • Osborne, Martin J. and Ariel Rubinstein (1994): A Course in Game Theory, MIT Press. This book is available digitally from https://books.osborne.economics.utoronto.ca

Other books:

  • Myerson, Roger B. (1991): Game Theory: Analysis of Conflict, Harvard University Press.
  • Fudenberg and Tirole (2001): Game Theory, Cambridge, MA, MIT Press.
  • Peters, Hans J.M. (2015): Game Theory; A Multi-Leveled Approach” (2nd edn) Springer, Berlin.
  • Gibbons, Robert (1992). A Primer in Game Theory, Prentice-Hall, London; (Nice casual reading)
  • Luce, R. Duncan & Howard Raiffa (1957). Games and Decisions, Wiley, New York. (Deepest book on game theory)