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About the Course

Popularized by movies such as "A Beautiful Mind", game theory is the mathematical modeling of strategic interaction among rational (and irrational) agents. Over four weeks of lectures, this advanced course considers how to design interactions between agents in order to achieve good social outcomes. Three main topics are covered: social choice theory (i.e., collective decision making and voting systems), mechanism design, and auctions. In the first week we consider the problem of aggregating different agents' preferences, discussing voting rules and the challenges faced in collective decision making. We present some of the most important theoretical results in the area: notably, Arrow's Theorem, which proves that there is no "perfect" voting system, and also the Gibbard-Satterthwaite and Muller-Satterthwaite Theorems. We move on to consider the problem of making collective decisions when agents are self interested and can strategically misreport their preferences. We explain "mechanism design" -- a broad framework for designing interactions between self-interested agents -- and give some key theoretical results. Our third week focuses on the problem of designing mechanisms to maximize aggregate happiness across agents, and presents the powerful family of Vickrey-Clarke-Groves mechanisms. The course wraps up with a fourth week that considers the problem of allocating scarce resources among self-interested agents, and that provides an introduction to auction theory. You can find a full syllabus and description of the course here: There is also a predecessor course to this one, for those who want to learn or remind themselves of the basic concepts of game theory: An intro video can be found here:

Top reviews

Jul 16, 2020

This was a wonderful and very mathematically intensive course, but completing all the quizzes gave a great sense of accomplishment and developed my understanding of game theory and its various facets.

May 1, 2017

Very interesting! One missing thing: please write explanations for correct/incorrect questions in quizzes. In the basic course, I found them very helpful in understanding why my reasoning was wrong.

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By Zahid A

Nov 19, 2016

Enjoyed the course, Thank you so much

By Mithilesh k

Sep 13, 2016

Excellent and enlightening experience

By Daniel G R

Jan 5, 2018

I learnt so much in this course

By Christian L

Sep 19, 2017

Quite Hard but very interesting

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By Dina I

Jan 16, 2018

Very interesting material.

By 任翔宇

Jun 12, 2020

difficult but intersting

By StevenX

Apr 6, 2018

A very well-taught class

By Sebastian P

Feb 7, 2021

Warmly recommended!

By Scott M

Mar 22, 2017

Outstanding course.

By Keyu Z

Jul 12, 2017

Really impressive!

By Yin Z

Sep 21, 2017

very challenging

By Michael F

Mar 22, 2020

Great course!

By Rinkesh V

Sep 15, 2016

finest course

By Blake C

Dec 30, 2017

Great course

By 韩天煦

Jan 7, 2018


By Venkatraman R

Jun 16, 2017

very good

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By L H

May 7, 2020

This is an absolutely fascinating course! I wish the instructors could have gone into more depth about each of the topics and also provided explanations to the problem sets like the case in the first course - the explanations helped a lot with my understanding. Nevertheless, a great introduction to the advanced applications of game theory and I look forward to a third installment!


Jan 10, 2019

The lecture are useful and the lecturer clear in their content and delivery. However, it would be better if more practices with answers can be given, and the tutorial should include questions of greater difficulty, such as those with real game settings and rules to solve for optimum strategy.

By Mikel N

May 4, 2020

Not only it's a very interesting course, but also is offered free with graded quizes included. I wish it had been a little more extended, because subject is complex enough to expand it at least two or three more weeks.

By george v

Feb 18, 2017

Great course. Nice retracing of some notions of the course Game Theory like Pareto Oprimality. Nice idea doing some examples on auctions and voting systems. Nice proofs