Game Theory: Links and Resources
There are a number of disciplines one cannot avoid when purusing a degree in economics. In earlier articles we have looked at resources for econometrics, statistics and other quantitative subjects, so now it is high time to cover fields related to microeconomics. Below we have gathered a list of useful links and resources for those interested in game theory – the starting point for students focusing on auctions, organization theory, strategic management and so on.
1. “Game Theory 101 MOOC” by William Spaniel with videos no more than ten minutes in length on all the important aspects of this discipline. These online lectures can serve as a very good introduction.
2. “What is Game Theory?” by David K. Levine, Department of Economics, UCLA provides definitions of basic concepts and supplies reviews of Game Theory texts.
3. A very useful set of flash cards with key definitions used in Game Theory.
4. “Game Theory II” (a little more advanced than the first course for beginners) started on Coursera on 13 January. Offered by professors from Stanford University and the University of British Columbia, it covers such topics as Mechanism Design and Auctions.
5. Modern game theory dates back to 1944, when John von Neumann published his “Theory of Games and Economic Behavior”, but Prof. Chwe from University of California, Los Angeles believes “Jane Austen Had It First”
6. The video in Greg Mankiw’s blog post “An Exercise in Game Theory” shows an unexpected real-life application of the Prisoners’ dilemma.
7. Another real-world application is depicted in the post “Game theory works for football tournaments“ by VOX.
For those already on a more advanced level looking to share their knowledge with the world of microeconomists we can recommend checking out the following conferences:
1. Industrial Organization: Theory, Empirics and Experiments organized by the University of Salento (Italy)
2. Auctions, Competition, Regulation, and Public Policy organized by the Management School at Lancaster University (UK)
3. Norms, Actions, Games (NAG 2014) organised at the University of Nottingham (UK)
4. Risk Theory Society 2014 Meeting held at Ludwig-Maximilians University (Germany)
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