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ECS1050.01.post - WELCOME TO ECONOMICS S-1050: WELCOME TO...

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WELCOME WELCOME TO TO ECONOMICS ECONOMICS S- S- 1050 1050 : : S S TRATEGY, TRATEGY, C C ONFLICT & ONFLICT & C C OOPERATION OOPERATION Summer 2009 Tu, Th, 6:30-9:30 Sever 103 Instructor: Robert Neugeboren neugebor@fas.harvard.edu Sections Teaching Assistant: Rajiv Shankar Tu 5:30-6:30 rshankar@fas.harvard.edu TBA Website: http://www.isites.harvard.edu/k57962 Office Hours: W 3-4 51 Brattle St.
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Today’s Agenda Go Over Syllabus Objectives Requirements Readings Topics What is Game Theory? An Experiment Next Time
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Description Game theory is the study of interdependent decision- making. In the early days of the cold war, game theory was used to analyze an emerging nuclear arms race; today, it has applications in economics, psychology, politics, the law and other fields. In this course, we will explore the “strategic way of thinking” as developed by game theorists over the past sixty years. Special attention will be paid to the move from zero-sum to nonzero-sum game theory.
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Description Students will learn the basic solution concepts of game theory -- including minimax and Nash equilibrium -- by playing and analyzing games in class, and then we will take up some game-theoretic applications in negotiation settings: the strategic use of threats, bluffs and promises. We will also study the repeated prisoner’s dilemma and investigate how cooperative behavior may emerge in a population of rational egoists.
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Description This problematic -- “the evolution of cooperation” -- extends from economics and political science to biology and artificial intelligence, and it presents a host of interesting challenges for both theoretical and applied research. Finally, we will consider the changing context for the development of game theory today, in particular, the need to achieve international cooperation on economic and environmental issues.
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Objectives The course has two main objective: to introduce students to the fundamental problems and solution concepts of noncooperative game theory; and to provide an historical perspective on its development, from the analysis of military conflicts to contemporary applications in economics and other fields. No special mathematical preparation is required.
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10% Section. Include new material. 20% Problem Sets.
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