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8103 Non-Cooperative Game Theory, Spring 2016


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 225. 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.  

The TA for this course is Sohn Dinh. His email address is dinhx099@umn.edu.
Recitations are scheduled from 4:00 to 5:15 in Blegen Hall 430, on Thursdays. 



(Non-Cooperative Game Theory)

Term: Spring 2016

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:


  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. Zero Sum Games, Value
  6. Correlated Equilibria.
  7. Perfect Equilibria 
  8. Extensive Form Games.
  9. Games with Perfect Recall, Linear games. Kuhn’s Theorem.
  10. Subgames. Subgame Perfect Equilibria
  11. Sequential 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
  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



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.


Course activity and Homework

  • Homework number 1 is here. Due on Thursday February 4th at the recitation. 
  • Homework number 2 is here. Due 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 here. Due 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