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RESEARCH TOPICS IN GAME THEORY

RESEARCH TOPICS IN GAME THEORY,Macartan Humphreys

RESEARCH TOPICS IN GAME THEORY  
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Research topics in game theory will cover the study of dynamic games, games of incomplete information, and evolutionary games, with applications in the fields of voting, bargaining, lobbying and violent conflict. Results from the study of social choice theory and mechanism design will also be treated. The course will concentrate on mathematical techniques for constructing and solving games. Students will be required to develop a topic relating political science and game theory and to write a formal research paper. Prerequisite: W4209 or instructor's permission. Course Overview Political Science W4210 is a continuation of W4209 with the objective of preparing the student to use formal models in research in political science. • In the first two weeks of the course we state and prove results that are of very broad interest to political philosophy, public economics and positive political theory. These results are all very important in their own rights, but they will also be used to introduce key ideas about model construction to be used later on. • In weeks 3-7, we introduce the tools you need to construct a formal model and prove results. We consider the choices that modelers need to make and the set of options that they have and we review approaches to constructing models and proving results. In these weeks we aim to provide the tools that you will need to construct a model of your own. • In weeks 8-14 the course will take on more of a seminar format, engaging in close reading of models that use the techniques we have seen to study political problems
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