Polisci 153 - Strategy: An Introduction to Game Theory

  • Cooperation, coordination and competition

  • Credibility and commitment

  • Bargaining

  • Long term relationships: cheating and punishing

  • Uncertain motivations, moral hazard, and adverse selection

  • Deception, signaling, and reputation

Math Camp Background Material in Formal Theory

  • Deterministic, risky and uncertain choice

  • Knowledge and information

  • Preference and information aggregation

Polisci 356a - Formal Theory I

  • Complete and perfect information game theory

  • Applications: The Hoteling model, contest theory, the tragedy of the commons

  • Applications: Probabilistic voting, the citizen candidate model

  • Applications: Collective action problems, strategic substitutes and complements

  • Bargaining theory, repeated games, timing games

  • Evolutionary games and dynamics

  • Bounded rationality, exotic preferences, and non-equilibrium models

Polisci 356b - Formal Theory II

  • Asymmetric information game theory

  • Purification, the email game, global games, signaling

  • Applications: strategic voting, mass action, cheap talk, reputation

  • Games with hidden actions

  • Principal-agent theory, political accountability

  • Psychological games, optimal experimentation, and model uncertainty

  • Biased belief updating: confirmation bias and motivated reasoning