MAS348 Game Theory 2017-2018

Lecturer: Dr M. Katzman




The Syllabus

Cooperative games-- pure strategies (3 lectures)

Nash equilibria in Economics: monopolies, duopolies and oligopolies (2 lectures)

Cooperative games-- mixed strategies (3 lectures)

Sequential games (5 lectures)

Repeated games (4 lectures)

Bayesian games (3 lectures)

A pdf version of the syllabus can be found here.

Lectures' slides and notes

Printable format:
Cooperative games-- pure strategies
Nash equilibria in Economics Cooperative games-- mixed strategies
Sequential games

Repeated Games
Bayesian Games

The material in the slides in compact format.


The following texts are excellent and each contains all the material in MAS348, (and much more). I encourage you to read the relevant sections in them.

M. J. Osborne. An introduction to game theory, Oxford University Press (2003). (Library holdings)
K. G. Binmore. Playing for real : a text on game theory, Oxford University Press (2007). (Library holdings)

Homework Assignments


Problem Sheet #1
Hand in problems 4, 7, 10.
Due on Wednesday, October 18th
Problem Sheet #2
(Note correction to #5)
Hand in problems 1, 7, 8, 11
Due on Wednesday, November 1st
Solutions (Note correction to #11)
Problem Sheet #3
Hand in problems 3, 4, 6, 8
Due on Friday, November 24th
Problem Sheet #4
Hand in problems  3, 4, 9, 10

The Exam

Four questions (no choice), 2.5 hours.
The 2013-14 exam and its solution.
The 2014-15 exam and its solution.
The 2015-16 exam and its solution.
The 2016-17 exam and its solution.
A Mock exam used in 2013-14 and solution.

Useful links

Tim Roughgarden's Game Theory Through the Computational Lens, a very good lecture covering some of the material in this course.
An FT article on the relevance of the Median Voter Theorem to our current state of affairs.
An article on Nash equilibrium in The Economist.
The game of Chomp! and a Chomp! strategy book.
Some common games refered to in the course: Chess, Tic-Tac-Toe (aka noughts and crosses)
Braess's Paradox in action!