Taught by Ben Polak, an economics professor and now Provost at Yale University, this free course offers an introduction to game theory and strategic thinking. Drawing on examples from economics, politics, the movies and beyond, the lectures cover topics essential to understanding Game theory–including “dominance, backward induction, the Nash equilibrium, evolutionary stability, commitment, credibility, asymmetric information, adverse selection, and signaling.”
Since Game Theory offers “a way of thinking about strategic situations,” the course will “teach you some strategic considerations to take into account [when] making your choices,” and “to predict how other people or organizations [will] behave when they are in strategic settings.”
The 24 lectures can be streamed above. (They’re also on YouTube and iTunes in audio and video). A complete syllabus can be found be on this Yale web site. Texts used in the course are the following:
- A. Dixit and B. Nalebuff. Thinking Strategically, Norton 1991
- J. Watson. Strategy: An Introduction to Game Theory, Norton 2002
- P.K. Dutta. Strategies and Games: Theory And Practice, MIT 1999
Game Theory will be added to our list of Free Economics Courses, a subset of our collection, 1,700 Free Online Courses from Top Universities.
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