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Course Co-ordinated by IIT Guwahati
Dr. Debarshi Das
IIT Guwahati


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  1. The course is intended for students and teachers of institutions which offer undergraduate engineering programmes

  2. The aim of the course is to provide an introduction to the study of game theory which has found wide applications in economics, political science, sociology, engineering apart from disciplines like mathematics and biology

  3. The course would introduce to the fundamental tools of game theory, a few equilibrium concepts, apart from numerous exercises and applications

  4. Knowledge of game theory would help students to understand and analyse real life situations such as market behaviour or voting in elections, apart from equipping them with analytical concepts which might be useful should they decide to pursue social sciences, engineering, sciences or managerial higher studies

  5. This is an interdisciplinary course, hence not only social sciences but science and engineering departments of different universities can benefit from it

  6. The six modules of the course are as follows,

      1. Introduction to Game Theory

      2. Strategic Games and Nash Equilibrium

      3. Illustrations of Nash Equilibrium

      4. Mixed Strategy Nash Equilibrium

      5. Extensive Games and Nash Equilibrium

      6. Illustrations of Extensive Games and Nash Equilibrium


Sl. and module No.

Module/ Lecture Topics

No. of (Total) Hours


Introduction to Game Theory
What is game theory?
Theory of rational choice
Interacting decision makers



Strategic Games and Nash Equilibrium
Strategic games: examples
Nash equilibrium: concept and examples
Best response functions
Dominated Actions
Symmetric games and symmetric equilibria



Illustrations of Nash Equilibrium   
Cournot’s model of duopoly market
Bertrand’s model of duopoly market
Electoral Competition
War of Attrition
Accident Laws



Mixed Strategy Nash Equilibrium  
Strategic games with randomisation
Mixed strategy Nash equilibrium: concept and examples
Dominated Actions
Formation of Players’ beliefs



Extensive Games and Nash Equilibrium
Introduction to extensive games
Strategies and outcomes
Nash equilibrium
Subgame perfect Nash equilibrium
Backward induction



Illustrations of Extensive Games and Nash Equilibrium
Stackelberg model of duopoly markets
Ultimatum game                                            


10+2 level of Mathematics

  1. Osborne, M.J. An Introduction to Game Theory, Oxford University Press, 2004
  2. Mas-Colell, A., M.D. Whinston and J.R. Green Microeconomic Theory, Oxford University Press, 1995
  3. Gibbons, R. A Primer in Game Theory, Pearson Education, 1992


Microeconomic theory

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