Course ObjectiveYou acquire
• Knowledge of main approaches in (cooperative and non-cooperative) game
theory and their applications
• The ability to describe and analyse a decision situation
• The ability to assess the relevance of the use of game theory for the
analysis of economic and political decision making.
Course ContentConflict as well as cooperation are key features of our social world.
Both follow interdependency of human actions. Conflicts arise when one
person’s interests clash with the interests of another person, whereas
cooperation often emerges because individuals can jointly realize goods
or benefits which they cannot realize on their own. Game theory is the
systematic study of such interdependencies and it thus is crucial for
our understanding of human interaction. The course provides a rigorous
training in the tools of game theory and brings out the relevance of
those tools for a wide variety of PPE-topics - ranging from the analysis
of international relations to proposals for tax reform, and from
negotiations between trade unions and employer organizations to the
formation of governments. Game theoretic topics that will be covered
include: extensive form and normal form games; incomplete information;
equilibrium concepts; evolutionary games; cooperative games; and
Teaching MethodsLectures and math labs
Method of AssessmentAssignments (6 x 10%), essay (2 x 20%)
LiteratureOsborne, M.J., An Introduction to Game Theory, Oxford: Oxford U.P.
Target AudienceThird year PPE students
Additional InformationUntil last year, this course was scheduled in year 2. Students who
followed last year's second year elective Methods of PPE III cannot take
the course in the third year.
Note that participation in the maths labs is mandatory.
Custom Course RegistrationThere is a slightly different enrollment procedure for this module. The standard procedure of the Faculty of Humanities has students sign up for (i) the module, (ii) the form of tuition (lecture and/or preferred seminar group), and (iii) the exam. However, for this module the instructor will assign the students to the seminar groups. Therefore, students should sign up for (i) the module and (ii) lecture, but not for the seminar groups.
Recommended background knowledgePPE Methods I and PPE Methods II
|Language of Tuition||English|
|Faculty||Faculty of Humanities|
|Course Coordinator||prof. dr. J.R. van den Brink|
|Examiner||prof. dr. M.V.B.P.M. van Hees|
prof. dr. M.V.B.P.M. van Hees
prof. dr. J.R. van den Brink
You need to register for this course yourself
Last-minute registration is available for this course.
|Teaching Methods||Lecture, Seminar*|
*You cannot select a group yourself for this teaching method, you will be placed in a group.
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