In many – perhaps most – economic interactions, there is potential for strategic behaviour, a term, “intended to focus on the interdependence of the adversaries’ decisions and on their expectations about each other’s behaviour”, (Schelling, 1960, The Strategy of Conflict). Recognising and understanding such behaviour is an essential part of any economist's toolkit and this course is designed to enable just such recognition and understanding. Game theory has successfully been applied in a diverse range of fields, such as economics, political science, law, biology and computer science.
The aim of this course is to provide an introduction to strategic thinking and analysis through the basic techniques of game theory and to illustrate the range of its applications in economics and business and other areas. While the level of the course will be introductory, and mathematical prerequisites are minimal, the presentation of the material will rely on precise logical arguments.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
On satisfying the requirements for this course, students should have the knowledge and skills to:
• Understand how game theorists think and approach a strategic problem.
• Understand the tools taught in class and be able to recognise their application to the analysis of real world fact situations.
• Recognise the strategic issues in a problem and understand how a game theorist might decide on the appropriate tools to analyse it.
• Read and understand simple articles using game theory.
• Appreciate and understand the underlying structure of simple games used in other courses.
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Assessment is on the basis of a number of Problem Sets, a midterm examination, a final examination and in-class quizzes. The problem sets involve a mixture of analytical numerical questions and brief written answers. The exams may also include a range of question types: short answers, definitional questions, analytical problems and essays.
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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.
|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|8543||21 Jul 2014||01 Aug 2014||31 Aug 2014||30 Oct 2014||In Person||N/A|