Game Theory and Applications I

Econ 166A, CMPS 166A

Fall 2012

 

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Lectures:   

           Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:00 - 5:45 pm

           Kresge 327

 

Sections:

 

          W 3:30 4:40, F 8:00-9:10 in E2 192

 

Instructors:

Barry Sinervo

Office:                               A409 EMS

Office Hours:                    Monday 10-11am and 1-2pm

Email:                               lizardrps@gmail.com

 

 

John Musacchio

Office:                               E2 Room 557

Office hours:                     Thursday 1-2

Email:                                johnm@soe.ucsc.edu

 

Teaching Assistant:

          Matt Baumer

               e-mail: mbaumer@ucsc.edu

               Office hours: Monday 3-5 in E2 Room 403B

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:

 

 

1 9/27/2012 Class introduction Chapter 1 J. Musacchio and B. Sinervo Project Requirements
Hwk1 Out
2 10/2/2012 Extensive form and strategic form games Chapter 2 Barry Sinervo
3 10/4/2012 Concepts of dominance: weakly and strongly dominated strategies, iterated dominance Chapter 3 Barry Sinervo
4 10/9/2012 Nash equilibria (Disc. games of 2 or 3 players) Chapter 4 John Musacchio Hwk1 due
Hwk2 out
Bargaining Example
5 10/11/2012 N-player, discrete games symmetric and asymmetric Chapter 5 John Musacchio Hwk3 out
Hwk3 Part 2 out
6 10/16/2012 Randomized strategies Chapter 7 Dan Friedman? Hwk2 due
7 10/18/2012 Nash eq. in continuous games Chapter 6 John Musacchio Hwk4 out
8 10/23/2012 Nash eq. in continuous games (applications) Chapter 6 (continued) John Musacchio Hwk3 due
9 10/25/2012 Sequential games w/ perfect info Chapter 8 Dan Friedman Hwk5 out
10 10/30/2012 Sequential games w/ perfect info Chapter 8 Dan Friedman Project Prospectus Due
Hwk4 due
11 11/1/2012 MIDTERM
12 11/6/2012 Evolutionary Games Chapter 16 Barry Sinervo Hwk5 due
13 11/8/2012 Evolutionary Games Chapter 17 Barry Sinervo Hwk6 out
14 11/13/2012 Sequential games w/ imperfect info Chapter 9 Barry Sinervo First Draft of Project Due
15 11/15/2012 Games with Private Info Chapter 10 John Musacchio
16 11/20/2012 Repeated games Chapters 13 & 14 Dan Friedman Hwk6 due
Hwk7 Out
11/22/2012 THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY
17 11/27/2012 Signaling Games Chapter 11 Dan Friedman Hwk7 Due
18 11/29/2012 Cheap Talk Games Chapter 12 John Musacchio
19 12/4/2012 Project Presentations Final Draft of Project Due
20 12//6 Project Presentations
12/11 (Tues.) FINAL EXAM Time: 8-11am

 

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Students with Disabilities
If you qualify for classroom accommodations because of a disability, please submit your Accommodation Authorization Letter from the Disability Resource Center (DRC) to one of the instructors as soon as possible, preferably within the first week of the session. Contact DRC by phone at 831-459-2089 or by email at drc@ucsc.edu for more information.