Introduction to Game Theory

This video introduces the basics of game theory and modeling strategic situations. Topics covered include: how to construct a payoff matrix to model a game, the concept of a Nash equilibrium, and the concept of Pareto improvements. Prof. Anomaly also gives brief examples of well-known games, such as a coordination game.

Additional Readings and Videos

Here are recommended readings and additional videos that could be added to a syllabus or lesson plan on this topic.

Books and Articles

Ross, Don, “Game Theory”, The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Spring 2019 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.)

Poundstone, William, Prisoner’s Dilemma: John von Neumann, Game Theory, and the Puzzle of the Bomb.
[Despite the name, this book is a general intro to game theory, not just the prisoner’s dilemma]

Spaniel, William, Game Theory 101: The Complete Textbook,

Anomaly, Jonathan, Geoffrey Brennan, Michael C. Munger, and Geoffrey Sayre-McCord, Philosophy, Politics, and Economics: An Anthology. “Game Theory,” p 73-128.

Vanderschraaf, Peter, 2005. “Game Theory, Evolution, and Justice,” Philosophy and Public Affairs, 28(4): 325–358.


Spaniel, William. Game Theory 101 (17 video series)

Open Yale Courses, Econ 159: Game Theory

MRU “Office Hours: Game Theory”

Yale University, Prof. Benjamin Polak “Game Theory”


EconTalk “Rubinstein on Game Theory and Behavioral Economics” Apr 25 2011