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8003 Game Theory, Spring 2016

General Information on the Course

This a basic course on Non Cooperative Game Theory, including Normal Form and Extensive Form games. 
The class meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:15 to 12:30 am, in CSOM 2-219

The teaching assistant for the course is Vladimir Smirnyagin, email: chuxx19@umn.edu. 
Recitation classes are on Thursdays, CSOM 2-219, from 4:00 to 5:15.

The syllabus is below.


(Non-Cooperative Game Theory)

Term: Spring 2016

Number of credits:  2

Course description

The course covers the basic notions of Game Theory, Normal Form and Extensive Form games. These are the topics:


  1. Basic definitions of Game Theory, Decision Theory.
  2. Normal Form Games. Dominance. Iterated Elimination of Dominate Strategies.
  3. Nash Equilibrium.
  4. Bayesian Nash Games and Equilibria
  5. Correlated Equilibria.
  6. Perfect Equilibria 
  7. Extensive Form Games.
  8. Games with Perfect Recall, Linear games.
  9. Subgames,  Subgame Perfect Equilibria



There is no specific textbook. References that are going to be used include:

  1. Myerson, Roger, Game Theory, MIT Press
  2. Fudenberg and Tirole, Game Theory, Harvard University Press. We will refer to this as FT. 
  3. van Damme, Stability and Perfection of Nash Equilibria, Springer Verlag. This book costs around $120, but it is worth the price. 
  4. Rubinstein and Osborne, A Course in Game Theory, MIT Press


An easier introduction to the course is the textbook of

Joel Watson, Strategy, An Introduction to Game Theory, W.W. Norton and Company. We will refer to this as W. 

This book is a good introduction if you are not familiar with some of the basic concepts, but is not adequate to the level of the course. 



Grades and Exams

Home-works are going to be assigned on a regular basis, and the solution discussed in class. There is going to be

  1. One Mid-Term Exam at the beginning of the fourth week, and
  2. A Final Exam. The final Exam may include material from the entire course.
Homeworks count for 25 per cent of the final grade; the Midterm for 35 per cent; the Final exam for 40 per cent. 

Final Examination
The date of the Final Examination for this course is in the last day of class, as you can see in this, Section B, point 5. 

Course activity and Homeworks

  • Homework number 1 is hereDue on Thursday February 4th at the recitation. 
  • Homework number 2 is hereDue on Thursday February 11th at the recitation. 
  • The Midterm exam is on February 9th, in the same classroom and at the same time as the regular class hour. 
  • Homework number 3 is hereDue on Tuesday March 1st in class

  • The midterm exam will take place most likely in the days of February 9th or 11th.
  • The final exam is in the last day of the class, which is March 3rd, Thursday. It will take place in Blegen Hall 225 at the same time as the class