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.)
https://plato.stanford.edu/archives/spr2019/entries/game-theory/

Poundstone, William, Prisoner’s Dilemma: John von Neumann, Game Theory, and the Puzzle of the Bomb. https://www.amazon.com/Prisoners-Dilemma-Neumann-Theory-Puzzle/dp/038541580X
[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,
http://gametheory101.com/textbooks/

Anomaly, Jonathan, Geoffrey Brennan, Michael C. Munger, and Geoffrey Sayre-McCord, Philosophy, Politics, and Economics: An Anthology. “Game Theory,” p 73-128.
https://www.amazon.com/Philosophy-Politics-Economics-Jonathan-Anomaly/dp/0190207310

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

Videos

Spaniel, William. Game Theory 101 (17 video series)
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL76B0EB6DDFC42D02

Open Yale Courses, Econ 159: Game Theory https://oyc.yale.edu/economics/econ-159/lecture-1

MRU “Office Hours: Game Theory” https://mru.org/courses/principles-economics-microeconomics/office-hours-game-theory-nash-equilibrium

Yale University, Prof. Benjamin Polak “Game Theory” https://youtu.be/M3oWYHYoBvk

Podcasts

EconTalk “Rubinstein on Game Theory and Behavioral Economics” Apr 25 2011 https://www.econtalk.org/rubinstein-on-game-theory-and-behavioral-economics/