Game Theory

Assoc. Prof. Chris Ball

Economics Department

Email: christopher.ball@qu.edu

Office phone: +1 203 582 8745

Office Location: 4th Floor Rocky Top Student Center

QU Course Number: EC 355

Days: T,TH

Time:  3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

Location:  TH 328

Download the Syllabus

Outline, Notes and Reading

Most of these are still based on the Watson textbook which I always used (see Book Recommendations)

MIDTERM Exam, Tuesday, October 26

Final Paper Due

Final Exam

BOOKS for the Course

  1. Joel Watson, " Strategy: An Introduction to Game Theory (Third Edition)" I found this to be the best undergrad text to use and used it for years.  I highly recommend it.

  2. Chris Ball (draft) "Modelling With Games: An Introduction to Modelling Human Behavior Using Game Theory"

READINGS

GAMES

SEQUENTIAL MOVE GAMES

SIMULATENEOUS MOVE

SEQUENTIAL and/or SIMULTANEOUS ("complete games")

ALL My Hand-Written Class Notes in One Place

 

 

PRACTICE PROBLEMS

EXCEL SHEETS to MAKE GAMES

Use these sheets however you like. Check them all.  Take and use anything you like, modify it for your paper.

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL

  • Mixed Strategies - YouTube Video that's presented similar to the way we do in class. Note: I let p = prob(P2 chooses s1) and q = prob(P1 chooses s1). They switch them in this video. Otherwise, very similar to how I present it.

  • Another version of Harsanyi's Centipede game - YouTube Video, useful for understanding strategies and backward induction, extensive form games.

  • Bridge Burning and Commitment - YouTube Video, useful for extensive forms, SPE, and also understanding the key nature of strategies and commitment

  • Joel Watson's lectures for undergrads. The great thing is that all his notation will be the same as what we use since we follow his textbook closely.​