ECON 385
Games and Information Fall 2023
Division II Quantitative/Formal Reasoning

Class Details

This course is a mathematical introduction to strategic thinking and its applications. Ideas from game theory, including Nash equilibrium and its refinements, commitment and credibility, repeated games, and information asymmetries, incentive contracts, and signaling, will be introduced. Applications will be drawn from economics, history, and politics around the globe, and include topics such as: trust between strangers, corruption and fraud, racial bias, violence and deterrence. And we will explore how to write and recognize game-theory models to help make sense of strategic interactions in the world around us.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 25
Expected: 25
Class#: 1804
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Two exams, regular problem sets and assignments in which students create game-theoretic models.
Prerequisites: ECON 251 or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preferences: juniors
Unit Notes: students who have taken MATH 335 or CSCI 357 cannot receive credit for this class
Distributions: Division II Quantitative/Formal Reasoning
QFR Notes: Mathematical analysis of strategic interaction is emphasized throughout,

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