UCSD Department of Economics

Economics 200C: Games and Information, Spring 2003

Instructor: Professor Vincent Crawford, Economics 319 (vcrawfor@weber.ucsd.edu, 858-534-3452)
Office hours in Economics 319,  2:00-3:00 on Wednesdays, or by appointment

Lectures: Mondays and Wednesdays 8:00-9:50 in Economics Room 300; first meeting Wednesday, April 2

Textbooks: The lectures will mainly follow readings in Andreu Mas-Colell, Michael Whinston, and Jerry Green, Microeconomic Theory, Oxford 1995, the required text ("MWG"), and for some topics David Kreps, A Course in Microeconomic Theory, Princeton 1990 ("Kreps"). There are also some useful readings in John McMillan, Games, Strategies, and Managers, Oxford 1992, and Hal Varian, Microeconomic Analysis, W. W. Norton 1992 (third edition). Those who want a good, unintimidating introduction to game theory may like Avinash Dixit and Susan Skeath, Games of Strategy, W. W. Norton 1999 ("DS"). Those who want to read more deeply in game theory (and perhaps be intimidated) should also consider: Ken Binmore, Fun and Games, Heath 1992; Drew Fudenberg and Jean Tirole, Game Theory, MIT 1991; David Kreps, Game Theory and Economic Modelling, Oxford 1990; and Thomas Schelling, The Strategy of Conflict, Harvard 1980. I have ordered some copies of MWG and Kreps for the bookstore, and DS is the required text for Economics 109, so should be available too.

Grades: Students have two enrollment options. Those who just want to hear the lectures should enroll S/U; there will then be no formal requirements. Those who want a grade should enroll for one; their grades will be based on a midterm (40%) in class on Monday, May 5; and a final (60%) during exam week. Except in exceptional circumstances, exams will be given only at the regularly scheduled times. If you are a student who wants to attend the lectures, please enroll one way or the other; enrollments are an important source of resources for the Department.

Old exams: The pdf version of my midterm and final exams from 1999-2002 available below differs only in notation and formatting from the original, printed versions.

Homework: There are no formal homework assignments, but it is strongly recommended that you do at least the textbook problems recommended after each section in my lecture notes, available below as a pdf file, and the old exams.

Course materials (for your personal use only; download free Adobe Acrobat Reader for pdf files)

Vincent Crawford / UCSD Department of Economics / last modified 14 April 2003

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