• Offered by Research School of Economics
  • ANU College ANU College of Business and Economics
  • Course subject Economics
  • Areas of interest Economics, Mathematics
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Jose Rodrigues Neto
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2014
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The theory of games helps us to understand situations where many agents interact in a strategic setting, where each agent's wellbeing depends on the behaviour of all agents. Game theory is a collection of analytic techniques widely used in many sciences. It has provided powerful tools that have successfully been applied in almost every field of economics and in many other disciplines, as well as creative and rigorous ways of developing new ideas and applications. The course covers a range of topics in advanced game theory, including current research topics. It is the natural continuation of ECON2141/2142/8053 Strategic Thinking: An Introduction to Game Theory.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of the requirements for this course, students will be able to:

  • Understand selected models and concepts of game theory
  • Understand articles that use intermediate and applied game theory
  • Produce simple economic models with basic game theory
  • Think strategically in many situations

Other Information

See the course outline on the College courses page. Outlines are uploaded as they become available. 

Indicative Assessment

  • Homework = 10%
  • Presentations of classic papers = 20%
  • Exams = 20%
  • Research project = 50%

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Students taking this course are expected to commit at least 12 hours a week comprised of:

  • 3 hours of lectures and,
  • 1 hour of tutorial, and
  • 8 hours of private study.
  • (Recommended and Optional) Study groups to be organized by students, if they wish.

This course requires attendance at classes due to the interactive nature of the course. To achieve the learning outcomes points are awarded for class participation and student presentations.

Requisite and Incompatibility

Pre-requisite of ECON2141 or ECON2142 or ECON8053 and ECON2142 or ECON8053, Co-requisite of ECON8013

Prescribed Texts

Martin Osborne, An Introduction to Game Theory, Oxford University Press, 2004.

Mas-Colell, A., M. D. Whinston and J. R. Green, Microeconomic Theory, Oxford University Press, 1995.

Assumed Knowledge

During the course, students are expected to be able to follow rigorous abstract arguments, as used in the construction and analysis of mathematical models in economics. Some prior knowledge of game theory is required, such as Nash equilibrium, subgame perfection and various game forms. Students who are interested in learning game theory, but have not taken either ECON8011 Microeconomic Theory A or an introductory game theory course, should instead enrol in ECON8053 Strategic Thinking: An Introduction to Game Theory or its equivalent.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3240
2004 $3240
2005 $3240
2006 $3240
2007 $3240
2008 $3240
2009 $3240
2010 $3240
2011 $3240
2012 $3240
2013 $3240
2014 $3246
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3390
2004 $3450
2005 $3450
2006 $3534
2007 $3618
2008 $3618
2009 $3618
2010 $3942
2011 $3942
2012 $3942
2013 $3942
2014 $3948
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8229 21 Jul 2014 08 Aug 2014 31 Aug 2014 30 Oct 2014 In Person N/A

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