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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:

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Very interesting and challenging... I wish there were more practical/real-world examples to learn the concepts but I was very glad to take this course


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Solid through the entire course, good lectures and interesting tasks. Only missing a few explanations in some of the task.

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By Dalia G V

Apr 12, 2021

¡Un curso muy entretenido! Me sirvió para expandir mis conocimientos en la materia.

By Hitesh K

Sep 27, 2016

Stimulating. Very interesting course, never loved the derivations this much before.

By תומר צ

Sep 26, 2016

Great course. I have learned a lot and very thankful for the wonderful instructors.

By Dongho S

Jun 2, 2020

Interesting as always but I wished there were explanation for the wrong answers.

By Reza S

Oct 7, 2017

this was a cool course. But not sure how I'll use the learnings in the future :)

By Jose A T C

Sep 22, 2017

I enjoyed a lot this course. The instructors are among the best worldwide.

By Sherlock C C

Apr 14, 2020

Nice course! It helps me clarify a lot of basic concepts of game theory.

By Ininahazwe

Apr 2, 2017

I enjoyed a lot learning this Course. Well explained by great lecturers.

By Qaiser R Y

Jun 13, 2023

Amazing experience and learning.. Really thankful for this opportunity.

By Arpit R

Dec 15, 2023

thank you to the teachers, this was a great learning experience.

By Arnaud P R

Mar 14, 2017

Great experience. Lotof fun. Awaiting the third volume...

By Aaryan V

Aug 12, 2022

Great course materials and clear teaching. Enjoyed it

By Hanbang G

Mar 5, 2019

Maybe harder than I, but obviously, more useful.

By Àngels B

Mar 1, 2020

Excellent, clear and very useful course

By Sahil K

May 10, 2020

good course, should have more examples

By zahid a

Nov 19, 2016

Enjoyed the course, Thank you so much

By Mithilesh k

Sep 13, 2016

Excellent and enlightening experience

By Ali E

Apr 21, 2021

Excellent explanations and quizzes

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

By Timothy W

May 12, 2021

Great Class. I learned a lot.

By Runyang W

Jan 8, 2019


By Dina I

Jan 16, 2018

Very interesting material.

By 任翔宇

Jun 12, 2020

difficult but intersting