Game Theory

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Game Theory

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Economics, Finance

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    ECON 201

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This course introduces and develops game theory and its applications.

    1. Decision Theory (Ch5)
    2. Extensive Form Games (Ch2 and Ch3)
    3. Normal Form Games and the 'Bayes Normal Form' (Ch3 and Ch24)
    4. Common Knowledge and Rationalizability (in the normal form) (Ch4, Ch6, and Ch7)
    5. Nash Equilibrium (Ch9 and Ch11)
    6. Subgame Perfect Nash Equilibrium (Ch14 and Ch15)
    7. Bargaining (Ch18 (pp 230-236) and Ch 19)
    8. Repeated Games (Ch22)
    9. Adverse Selection and Signalling (Ch 26, Ch27, Ch28, and Ch29)
    10. Extensive Form Rationalizability
    11. Extra topics: Reputation (Ch29,) Zero Sum Games (Ch12,) and Cost Sharing

    Course Learning Objectives
    By the end of this course, students should be able to:
    1. apply microeconomic theory at an advanced undergraduate level
    2. formally describe simple economic settings in game theoretic terms
    3. identify Nash equilibria in pure and mixed strategies for a range of simple games
    4. identify a range of types of equilibria, such as subgame perfect Nash equilibria, Bayesian
    Nash equilibria and perfect Bayesian equilibria, for appropriate games.

    Assignment 1 10%
    Assignment 2 10%
    Test (1 hour) 30%
    Final Exam (2 hour) 50%

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