Game Theory and Applications I
Econ 166A, CMPS 166A
Fall 2010
(Course Numbers: Econ166A: 23311, CMPS166A: 23312)
Announcements
12/3  Practice
Final Exam Questions are available. (Solutions)
10/22
– Slides from Traffic Games Material available (see topics column,
lecture 9 below)
10/21
 Practice Midterm Questions are available.
(Solutions to these. Don’t look at them
until you attempt all the problems!)
Lectures:
Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:00  11:45 am
Crown College 208
Announcements:
Instructors:
Office: Earth and Marine Sciences Building, A409
Office Hours: 1012pm Mondays
Email: sinervo@biology.ucsc.edu
Office: E2 Room 557
Office hours:
4:155:15 Tuesday, 1112
Wednesday 12pm Wednesday
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 (subject to change!) 
Assignments 
1 
9/23

Class introduction 

B.Sinervo
and J. Musacchio 

2 
9/28 
Extensive form and strategic form games 
Chapters 1 & 2 
Barry Sinervo 

3 
9/30 
Concepts of dominance: weakly and strongly dominated strategies, iterated dominance 
Chapter 3.1  3.2 
Barry Sinervo 

4 
10/5 
Dominance concepts continued 
Chapter 3.3  3.4 
Barry Sinervo 

5 
10/7 
Nash equilibria (Disc. games of 2 or 3 players) 
Chapter 4.1  4.3 
John Musacchio 

6 
10/12 
Nash equilibria cont’d (Disc. games of 2 or 3 players) 
Chapter 4.4  4.5 
John Musacchio 

7 
10/14 
Nplayer, discrete games – symmetric and asymmetric 
Chapter 5 
Barry Sinervo 

8 
10/19 
Nash eq. in continuous games 
Chapter 6.1  6.2 
John Musacchio 

9 
10/21 
Nash eq. in continuous games, Congestion Game Applications Traffic games 
Chapter 6.3 
John Musacchio 

10 
10/26 
Randomized strategies 
Chapter 7 
Dan Friedman 

11 
10/28 
MIDTERM EXAM 



12 
11/2 
Sequential games w/ perfect info 
Chapter 8 
John Musacchio 

13 
11/4 
Sequential games w/ imperfect info 
Chapter 9 
John Musacchio 

14 
11/9 
Games with private information 
Chapter 10 
Barry Sinervo 


11/11 
Veterans Day Holiday 



15 
11/16 
Evolutionary Games 
Chapters 16 & 17 
Barry Sinervo 

16 
11/18 
Repeated games 
Chapters 13 & 14 
Dan Friedman 
Project
Proposal Due 
17 
11/23 
Signaling and cheap talk games 
Chapters 11 & 12 
John Musacchio 


11/25 
Thanksgiving Holiday 



18 
11/30 
Student project presentations 



19 
12/2 
Student project presentations 




12/8 (Wed.) 
FINAL EXAM Time: 123pm 

