Basics
The course covers the basic notions of Non Cooperative Game Theory, both Normal Form and Extensive Form games.
Class teaching is on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:45 to 11 am, in Blegen Hall 210. The Syllabus for the course is below. The Syllabus is an official description of the content of the course; so any concept in the list may be in the final exam, and in the preliminary exam for this section.
Recitations are scheduled from 4:00 to 5:15 in Blegen Hall 430, on Thursdays. Teacher Professor ALDO RUSTICHINI arust@econ.umn.edu
Course: ECON 8103 MICROECONOMIC THEORY
(NonCooperative Game Theory)
Term: Spring 2017
Number of credits: 2
Course description
The course covers the basic notions of Non cooperative Game Theory, Normal Form and Extensive Form games. These are the topics:
 Basic definitions of Game Theory, Decision Theory.
 Normal Form Games. Dominance. Iterated Elimination of Dominate Strategies.
 Nash Equilibrium.
 Bayesian Nash Games and Equilibria
 Zero Sum Games, Value
 Correlated Equilibria.
 Perfect Equilibria
 Extensive Form Games.
 Games with Perfect Recall, Linear games. Kuhn’s Theorem.
 Subgames. Subgame Perfect Equilibria
 Sequential Equilibria
Textbooks
There is no specific textbook. References that are going to be used include:
 Myerson, Roger, Game Theory, MIT Press
 Fudenberg and Tirole, Game Theory, Harvard University Press
 van Damme, Stability and Perfection of Nash Equilibria, Springer Verlag. This book costs around $120, but it is worth the price.
 Rubinstein and Osborne, A Course in Game Theory, MIT Press
Grades and Exams
Homeworks are going to be assigned on a regular basis, and the solution discussed in class. There is going to be:
 One MidTerm Exam at the beginning of the fourth week, and
 A Final Exam. The Final Exam may include material from the entire course.
 Course activity and Homework
 If you need a permission number to get into the course, please write to me
 Homework 1, due Tuesday January 31
 Homework 2, due Tuesday February 6
 Homework 3, due Tuesday February 21
 Homework 4, due Thursday March 2
 ExamsFinal 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. This year the last day of the mini 3 is March 6, hence the last day of class is Thursday March 2.
