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Course NCG: Noncooperative Games

Time: Monday 13.15 - 15.00 (November 20 - December 18 and January 22 - February 26).
Location: Campus Utrecht Science Park. Details about lecture rooms follow after registration.
Lecturers: Prof.dr. Jean-Jacques Herings and Prof.dr. Peter Borm (Tilburg University)

Course description:
TThis course presents the main ideas of noncooperative game theory in the following or- der: strategic games, extensive games with perfect information, and extensive games with imperfect information. We explore solution concepts like Nash equilibrium, correlated equi- librium, rationalizability, subgame perfect equilibrium, and sequential equilibrium.
Topics to be covered:

  • Nash equilibrium
  • Mixed, correlated, and evolutionary equilibrium
  • Rationalizability and iterated elimination of dominated actions
  • Knowledge and equilibrium
  • Extensive games with perfect information
  • Bargaining games
  • Repeated games
  • Complexity considerations in repeated games
  • Implementation theory
  • Extensive games with imperfect information
  • Sequential equilibrium


  • Osborne, M.J., and A. Rubinstein (1994), A Course in Game Theory, MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Basic knowledge (bachelor level) of analysis (multivariate calculus) and linear algebra, as well as a first course in linear and nonlinear programming. Basic knowledge of topology is also recommended.

Take home exams. These assignments have to be completed in groups of at most two students.

Address for both lecturers:
Prof.dr. Jean-Jacques Herings and Prof.dr. Peter Borm
Department of Econometrics & Operations Research, Tilburg University, P.O. Box 90153, 5000 LE Tilburg.