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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 17, 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 02, 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 Ryan B

Jul 06, 2017

A good class with a good formal description and examples of game theoretic concepts.

By Koa Y

Jan 04, 2019

Great course, I was really overdue but am hoping to get a certificate if possible

By Affandi I

Apr 13, 2017

Great course, but I think It could be more vivid like its predecessor

By Roland R

Jan 10, 2018

Great Course, same parts are challenging but i learned a lot about

By Hushan J

Oct 31, 2017

it's better to give explanations of the quiz when it is passed.

By Daniel A M S

Jun 22, 2017

It was nice to have a second part with more specific subjects.

By Muhua X

Sep 11, 2017

It is very challenging but also interesting

By carlo p

Sep 02, 2019

Excellent skills obtained

By Mufizul I

Jan 29, 2017

Very nice

By Fred V

Sep 06, 2020

Auction theory is left to the last lecture, and the influence of voting systems on political mechanisms is barely addressed. 3 different people lecturing, with different communication skills and flaws (hesitations, over-notating, abuse of acronyms), make following the course more difficult than it needs to be. These being said, it is clear that the authors more than know their stuff (at least the theoretical part; we would like to see them perform when bargaining in a souk) and bring a lot into the course.

By Cigdem K

Oct 16, 2016

The exams did not explain why the wrong answers are wrong. Even after you succeed a test, I expect an explanation of the questions, and the correct answers. Even if I have a correct answer to a question, I don't know if my reasoning is correct..

By Telmo J P P

Oct 18, 2017

Interesting, but not as good as part I. Some parts of the syllabus were not explained well enough: a lot of results just come out of thin air, and not a lot of intuitions are given.

By Martín B

Sep 18, 2019

Should have much more real examples. Voting schemes was right, but mechanism design was completely abstract

By Carlos F S T

Nov 15, 2017

No es tan bueno como el primero. Sin embargo, tomarlo como continuación es interesante.

By Jeppe v P

Jun 08, 2017

Interesting material, but sometimes hard to follow the lectures.

By Edmund L

Jun 06, 2020

The beginning of this course was interesting much like Game Theory I, but the latter half of the course went over my head. It would have been helpful if problem sets and exam are given explanations after submission similar to how it was done in Game Theory I. Sometimes I have no idea how particular answers are obtained.

By Mohammad Z

Sep 09, 2018

poorly explained lectures. you're better off reading a textbook