Game Theory 101

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What is game theory? Why should we study it? Game Theory 101 is a free introductory course to the basics of game theory. Over the course of the next few dozen videos, we will learn about strict dominance, iterated elimination of strictly dominated strategies, pure strategy Nash equilibrium, mixed strategy Nash equilibrium, the mixed strategy algorithm, weak dominance, backward induction, subgame perfect equilibrium, comparative statics, and more.

Don't worry about math prerequisites--as long as you have minimal experience with high school algebra, you will be able to grasp the first 95% of the course. Game theory is logically demanding, but its mathematics are mostly straightforward.

The lectures will follow Game Theory 101: The Complete Textbook. I strongly recommend purchasing it--it's only $3.99 and it spells out everything we will be doing in much greater depth and with more examples. However, you should be fine without it.

Let's have some fun!


William Spaniel

Structura cursului

SECTION 1: Introduction
Lecture 1: Introduction (06:44)
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Lecture 2:
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SECTION 2: The Basics
Lecture 3: The Prisoner's Dilemma and Strict Dominance (05:57)
Lecture 4: The Strict Dominance Solution Concept (14 pages)
Lecture 5: Iterated Elimination of Strictly Dominated Strategies (07:11)
Lecture 6: The Stag Hunt and Pure Strategy Nash Equilibrium (08:22)
Lecture 7: What Is a Nash Equilibrium? (05:23)
Lecture 8: Best Responses (08:25)
Lecture 9: Matching Pennies and Mixed Strategy Nash Equilibrium (07:14)
Lecture 10: The Mixed Strategy Algorithm (09:34)
Lecture 11: How NOT to Write a Mixed Strategy Nash Equilibrium (04:29)
Lecture 12: Battle of the Sexes (08:53)
Lecture 13: Calculating Payoffs (06:21)
Lecture 14: Strictly Dominant Mixed Strategies (07:33)
Lecture 15: Weak Dominance (05:50)
Lecture 16: Infinitely Many Equilibria (04:43)
Lecture 17: The Odd Rule (06:52)

SECTION 3: Extensive Form Games
Lecture 18: Subgame Perfect Equilibrium (07:37)
Lecture 19: Backward Induction (04:49)
Lecture 20: How NOT to Write a Subgame Perfect Equilibrium (03:29)
Lecture 21: Multiple Subgame Perfect Equilibria (08:55)
Lecture 22: Tying Hands (Burning Bridges) (04:45)
Lecture 23: Commitment Problems (06:06)
Lecture 24: The Centipede Game (04:40)
Lecture 25: Problems with Backward Induction (12:07)
Lecture 26: Forward Induction (08:03)

SECTION 4: Advanced Strategic Form Games
Lecture 27: Probability Distributions (09:24)
Lecture 28: Generalized Battle of the Sexes (14:52)
Lecture 29: Knife-Edge Equilibria (09:14)
Lecture 30: Soccer Penalty Kicks (09:42)
Lecture 31: Comparative Statics (10:39)
Lecture 32: The Support of Mixed Strategies (08:10)
Lecture 33: A Trick with Weak Dominance (08:07)
Lecture 34: Rock Paper Scissors (06:31)
Lecture 35: Symmetric, Zero Sum Games (09:23)
Lecture 36: Modified Rock Paper Scissors (10:03)
Lecture 37: Mixing among Three Strategies (10:16)

SECTION 5: Conclusion
Lecture 38: Wrap Up (05:12)