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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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Great course. Very relevant to a lot of problems in business. Content was overtly mathematical. More practical examples cold have been interesting to solve.

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By R.Athindran

Feb 23, 2017

Overall, the course was good. Somehow, the concepts were not as clear as the basic game theory course. Definitely more advanced.

By Chow K M

May 13, 2021

The quizzes should come with feedback on explaining the answers. It will greatly aid learning.

By Ryan B

Jul 6, 2017

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

By Koa Y

Jan 3, 2019

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

By Leonardo Z

Jun 22, 2023

it would be better if there are explanations for the quizzes and exams

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 Trevor N

Jul 6, 2022

It was kind of hard, guess should have take Game Theory I first

By Hushan J

Oct 30, 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 Aravindh B B

Dec 12, 2021

The course was well structured and highly informative.

By Arshia S

Nov 11, 2020

This course gave me amazing insight into game theory.

By Muhua X

Sep 11, 2017

It is very challenging but also interesting

By Javier F G

Mar 14, 2021

The quizzes are not well designed.

By carlo p

Sep 2, 2019

Excellent skills obtained

By Mufizul I A

Jan 28, 2017

Very nice

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 Emil

Dec 1, 2020

Diverse course, which covered various topics. For the election processes however one could some illegal practices, which also could lead to a win. A democratic win...

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 8, 2017

Interesting material, but sometimes hard to follow the lectures.

By Bernd K

Jun 26, 2022

I'm a little disappointed. I expected more from the course. game theoretic applications are very diverse. Here I miss the economic application of the oligopoly theory. More economic applications will likely require another course. The level of difficulty is not as high as in the game theory course.

By michael g

Apr 30, 2023

one of the lecturers is barely able to explain the material succinctly. the other two are basically rambling and tripping over their own words trying to sound smart. material is unnecessarily repeated.