Spring 2024

Game Theory and Applications

Listed in: Economics, as ECON-420


Christopher G. Kingston (Section 01)


Game theory analyzes situations in which multiple individuals (or firms, political parties, countries) interact in a strategic manner. It has proved useful for explaining cooperation and conflict in a wide variety of strategic situations in economics, political science, and elsewhere. Such situations can include, for example, firms interacting in imperfectly competitive markets, auctions, arms races, political competition for votes, and chess. This course will provide an introduction to the tools and insights of game theory. Though mathematically rigorous, emphasis will be on applications rather than on formal theory.

Requisite: ECON 300 or 301 or consent of the instructor. Limited to 30 students. Spring semester. Professor Kingston.

How to handle overenrollment: If overenrolled, preference will be given to those who attend all classes during the first week; to those who preregistered; to Amherst College students; and to those with a strong background in mathematics and/or other quantitative areas of study.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Quantitative reasoning; regular problem sets and exams.

ECON 420 - LEC

Section 01
M 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM SCCE E110
W 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM SCCE E110
F 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM SCCE E110

This is preliminary information about books for this course. Please contact your instructor or the Academic Coordinator for the department, before attempting to purchase these books.

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
Game Theory: An Introduction Princeton Univ. Press Steven Tadelis Optional TBD


Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Fall 2017, Fall 2018, Fall 2019, Fall 2020, Fall 2021, Fall 2022