Game Theory 101

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The Basics

  1. The Prisoner’s Dilemma and Strict Dominance
  2. Iterated Elimination of Strictly Dominated Strategies
  3. Pure Strategy Nash Equilibrium and the Stag Hunt
  4. What Is a Nash Equilibrium?
  5. Best Responses
  6. Matching Pennies and Mixed Strategy Nash Equilibrium
  7. The Mixed Strategy Algorithm
  8. How NOT to Write a Mixed Strategy Nash Equilibrium
  9. Battle of the Sexes
  10. Calculating Payoffs
  11. Strict Dominance in Mixed Strategies
  12. Weak Dominance
  13. Infinitely Many Equilibria
  14. The Odd Rule

Extensive Form

  1. Subgame Perfect Equilibrium
  2. Backward Induction
  3. How NOT to Write a Subgame Perfect Equilibrium
  4. Multiple Subgame Perfect Equilibria
  5. Games with Stages
  6. Punishment Strategies
  7. Tying Hands (Burning Bridges)
  8. Commitment Problems
  9. The Centipede Game
  10. Problems with Backward Induction
  11. Forward Induction

Advanced Strategic Form Games

  1. Probability Distributions
  2. Generalized Battle of the Sexes
  3. Knife-Edge Equilibria
  4. Soccer Penalty Kicks
  5. Comparative Statics
  6. The Support of Mixed Strategies
  7. A Trick with Weak Dominance
  8. Rock Paper Scissors
  9. Symmetric, Zero Sum Games
  10. Modified Rock Paper Scissors
  11. Mixing among Three Strategies

Games with Infinite Strategy Spaces

  1. A Game with No Equilibria
  2. Duels
  3. Hotelling’s Game and the Median Voter Theorem
  4. Second Price Auctions
  5. Wrap Up