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Graduate 

PLSC 518. Introduction to Game Theory

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Canvas website -Fall 2016 (Yale NetID required)

This course provides a rigorous introduction to noncooperative game theory. The goal of the course is to help students understand the key concepts and ideas in game theory and to provide students with a road map for applying game theoretic tools to their own research. Topics include strategic form games, extensive form games, and Bayesian games, among others. We apply these tools to the study of political questions, e.g. electoral competition, legislative bargaining, democratization, interstate conflict. Students are assumed to have mathematical knowledge at the level of the Political Science Math Camp. 

(A previous version of this course was taught in Spring 2015 under the title 'PLSC 518. Fundamentals of Modeling II.')

PLSC 696. International Relations II

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Classesv2 website -Spring 2014 (Yale NetID required)

International Relations II is an introduction to advanced topics international relations, especially international security, with an eclectic array of methodological approaches, such as formal modeling, statistical methods, and historical case studies. The course reviews seminal work on the causes of war, including topics such as trade and war and the democratic peace, and recent work on the causes of nuclear proliferation.

PLSC 721. ECON 792. Political Economy of Institutions and Development

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Classesv2 website - Spring 2013 (Yale NetID required)

How do political institutions affect economic outcomes? How do economic conditions determine political institutions? This course reviews recent advances in the emerging field of the political economy of institutions and development, with a focus on formal modeling and quantitative studies. We start with an introduction to the importance of institutions in affecting economic performance. Second, we review some basic models of democratic politics, focusing on the impact of economic conditions (such as inequality) on political outcomes. Third, we cover economic theories of democratization, for example studying the effect of income and inequality on institutional change. Fourth, we study basic models of dictatorships, looking at the effect of non-democratic institutions on growth and international conflict. Finally, we take a critical look at the role of institutions and consider the possibility of policy persistence despite institutional change.
 

PLSC 163. PLSC 663. Domestic Politics and International Conflict

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Classesv2 website -Spring 2010 (Yale NetID required)

We study the relationship between domestic political institutions and war-proneness, looking at the question of the democratic peace, diversionary use of force, etc. Basic knowledge of game theory is required.

Each lecture is centered around a couple of research articles or books/book chapters. With this course, students should become acquainted with the core theories and sets of facts on the relationship between domestic politics and international conflict. They will develop their skill in analyzing pieces of research in international relations, especially in a game-theoretic framework.

Undergraduate

PLSC 130. GLBL 260. Nuclear Politics 

Canvas website -Spring 2017 (Yale NetID required)

This is a course on the history and politics of the use, non-use, and proliferation of nuclear weapons. Why were nuclear bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki? What is the effect of nuclear weapons on interstate crises? Why do states acquire nuclear weapons? Students will gain a better understanding of the role of nuclear weapons in international relations, the history of the Cold War, and new challenges in stemming nuclear proliferation. Some of the references use game theory or statistics, but no prior knowledge of such methodologies is required.

PLSC 346. GLBL 180. Game Theory and International Relations

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Canvas website -Spring 2017 (Yale NetID required)

This course provides an introduction to game theory and its applications to political science and economics, with a special emphasis on international relations. Game theory is a set of mathematical tools used to understand strategic decision-making, where one person's best course of action depends on the behavior of others. We review standard solution concepts: Nash Equilibrium, Subgame-Perfect Nash Equilibrium, Bayesian Nash Equilibrium, Perfect Bayesian Equilibrium. We apply these tools to the study of international relations, tackling the following questions: How can a great power contain another? How should a country allocate military resources to defend its borders from an invading force? Are there circumstances under which war is “rational”? We explore these questions using historical cases, e.g. the Second World War, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. The mathematical content can be challenging. We recommend students to have taken introductory microeconomics prior to taking this course.

(A previous version of this course was taught in Fall 2010 and Fall 2012 under the title 'EP&E 226. Fundamentals of Game Theory.')


PLSC 456. Introduction to Political Economy

 
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Classesv2 website - Spring 2011 (Yale NetID required)

What is the proper role of the government in the economy? What are the optimal policies to reduce economic fluctuations and to ensure long-term economic development? We review great theories on the fundamental causes of recessions and growth, learning about the life and times of their authors and drawing lessons for current-day policy-making. We read social scientists such as Adam Smith, Karl Marx, and John Maynard Keynes. We consider historical cases such as Western industrialization, the Great Depression, the Asian miracle of the post-War period, and the current Great Recession.

PLSC 163. PLSC 663. Domestic Politics and International Conflict

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Classesv2 website -Spring 2010 (Yale NetID required)

We study the relationship between domestic political institutions and war-proneness, looking at the question of the democratic peace, diversionary use of force, etc. Basic knowledge of game theory is required.

Each lecture is centered around a couple of research articles or books/book chapters. With this course, students should become acquainted with the core theories and sets of facts on the relationship between domestic politics and international conflict. They will develop their skill in analyzing pieces of research in international relations, especially in a game-theoretic framework.