Game
Theory and Applications I
Econ 166A, CMPS 166A, and Bio 176A
Fall 2009
(Course Numbers: Econ166A: 33187, CMPS166A: 35537, Bio176A: 35543)
Announcments
Project Prospectus Due November 17
[ANSWER KEY]
Lectures:
Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:00 noon  1:45 pm
Physical Sciences 110
Announcements:
Instructors:
Office:
Earth
and Marine Sciences Building, A409
Office Hours:
1:453:00, Tuesdays and
Thursdays
Email:
sinervo@biology.ucsc.edu
Office: E2 Room 557
Office hours: 2:304:30 Tuesdays
Email: johnm@soe.ucsc.edu
Teaching Assistant:
TBA
Course Description:
The course introduces students to modern game theory, including applications in social science, biology and engineering. Students are expected to have declared a major in Engineering, Physical and Biological Sciences, or Social Sciences, and to be able to use the tools of differential calculus and basic probability theory.
Text Book:
Games, Strategies and Decision Making, by Joseph Harrington, Worth Publishers, 2008.
Tentative Lecture Plan:
Class # 
Date 
Topics 
Required Reading (from
Harrington unless otherwise noted) 
Instructor 
Assignments 
1 
9/24

Class introduction 

B.Sinervo
and J. Musacchio 

2 
929 
Extensive form and strategic form games 
Chapters 1 & 2 
Barry
Sinervo 

3 
10/1 
Concepts of dominance: weakly and strongly dominated strategies, iterated dominance 
Chapter 3.1  3.2 
Barry
Sinervo 
Problem Set 1A Out 
4 
10/6 
Dominance concepts continued 
Chapter 3.3  3.4 
John
Musacchio 
Problem Set 1B Out 
5 
10/8 
Nash equilibria (Disc. games of 2 or 3 players) 
Chapter 4.1  4.3 
John
Musacchio 
Problem
Set 1A Due Problem Set 1A Solutions 
6 
10/13 
Nash equilibria cont’d (Disc. games of 2 or 3 players) 
Chapter 4.4  4.5 
Barry
Sinervo 
Problem Set 1B Due
Problem Set 1B Solutions 
7 
10/15 
Nplayer, symmetric, discrete games 
Chapter 5.1  5.2 
Barry
Sinervo 

8 
10/20 
Nplayer, asymmetric, discrete games 
Chapter 5.2  5.4 


9 
10/22 
Nash eq. in continuous games 
Chapter 6.1  6.2 
John Musacchio 

10 
10/27 
Nash eq. in continuous games, Congestion Game Applications 
Chapter 6.3 
John
Musacchio 

11 
10/29 
MIDTERM EXAM [Solutions for Actual Midterm] (some typos corrected) 


Problem set 2b Out 
12 
11/3 
Randomized strategies 
Chapter 7 
Dan
Friedman 

13 
11/5 
Sequential games w/ perfect info 
Chapter 8 
John
Musacchio 

14 
11/10 
Sequential games w/ imperfect info 
Chapter 9 
Barry
Sinervo 
Problem
set 2b Due Problem Set 2b Solutions 
15 
11/12 
Games with private information 
Chapter 10 
Barry Sinervo 
Problem
Set 3a due Problem Set 3a Solutions 
16 
11/17 
Signaling and cheap talk games 
Chapters 11 & 12 
John Musacchio 
Project Prospectus due Problem Set 3b out 
17 
11/19 
Repeated games 
Chapters 13 & 14 
Dan
Friedman 

18 
11/24 


Barry
Sinervo 
Problem Set 3b Solutions (updated solutions to fix typos) 

11/26 
Thanksgiving Holiday 



19 
12/1 
Student project presentations 



20 
12/3 
Student project presentations 




12/9 (Wed.) 
FINAL EXAM Time: 123pm 

