econs-1051 - DRAFTNOTFORCLASSUSE Syllabus for *ECON S-1051...

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DRAFT – NOT FOR CLASS USE Syllabus for *ECON S-1051 TOPICS IN GAME THEORY Instructor: Jeremy Luallen Contact email: TBD Contact Phone: TBD Office: TBD Office Hours: T, Th 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., and by appointment Course Objectives and Expectations: The purpose of this course is to introduce the fundamentals of game theory, to explore models of game theory through some application, and to use game theory to expand our current understanding of social and economic systems. By the end of the course, students will be expected to have a strong grasp on the basic elements of game theory and to be able to think critically about established theoretical models , as well as models that have not been completely formalized. Prerequisites : This course is mainly intended for Economics Concentrators. Prerequisites are Principles of Micro and Macroeconomics and passing the proficiency exam, especially the parts that require facility with calculus. Important topics covered in class : Jun. 22 nd Introductions, review of syllabus and course description Math Review, basic concepts and skills in algebra and calculus Basic introduction to game theory: classic definitions, terminology and applications of game theory (Chapters 1 & 2, pp 3 - 42) Sequential move games (Chapter 3, pp 45 – 78) Assignment: Problem Set #1
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Jun. 24 th Sequential move games, continued (Chapter 3, pp 45 – 78) Simultaneous move games (Chapter 4, pp. 83 – 120) Assignment: Problem Set #2 Jun. 29 th Expanding and combining sequential and simultaneous games (Chapter 6, pp. 155 – 180) Mixed strategies and best response diagrams (Chapters 7 & 8, pp. 185 – 258) Assignment: Problem Set #3 Jul 1 st Mixed strategies and best response diagrams, continued (Chapters 7 & 8, pp. 185 258) Reaction functions and models of competition (Chapter 5, pp. 123 – 151) Assignment: Problem Set #4
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