ECON 473 / STAT 473 - Game Theory
University of Illinois - Chicago
Spring 2021


This course serves as a rigorous introduction to game theory. We will cover static and dynamic games, pure and mixed strategies, and and situations with perfect and imperfect information. We will cover the foundationa theorems, including the celebrated von Neumann's minimax and Nash's equilibrium theorems. We will also consider economic, political, and biological applications.

Basic Information

Syllabus: pdf
Time and Location: T, R 9:30-10:45am online
Instructor: Lev Reyzin, SEO 418, (312)-413-3745
Instructor Office Hours: T 8:00-8:50am, R 11:00-11:50am online
TA: Nurlan Abdukadyrov
TA Office Hours R 8:30-9:20am
Textbook: Anna Karlin and Yuval Peres Game Theory, Alive (also available free online)

Exam Dates

Midterm: TBD
Final Exam: Wednesday May 5th (scheduled for 10:30am-12:30pm)

Problem Sets

Lectures and Readings

Note: lectures will have material not covered in the readings.

Lecture 1 (1/12/21)
covered material: intro to the course, discussion of what are games
reading: preface

Lecture 2 (1/14/21)
covered material: introduction to zero-sum games, payoff guarantee inequality
reading: 2.1

Lecture 3 (1/19/21)
covered material: mixed strategies and expected payoffs, probability simplex, safety strategies
reading: 2.2