Game Theory

Fall 2017

Instructor: David Marker
Class Meets: TR 11:00-12:15 Lincoln Hall 312
Office: 404 SEO
Office Hours: Mon 2:30-4:30, Wed 1:30-3:00
phone: (312) 996-3069
course webpage:

This webpage will be the primary source for problem sets and course handouts. There will also be a course site on UIC Blackboard where I will post solutions to homework and grade information.


Another useful book is Steven Tadelis, Game Theory: An Introduction, Princeton University Press, New York, Oxford, 2013.


The formal mathematical prerequisites are minimal, but the course will be fairly rigorous and will require the ability to follow closely reasoned arguments and solve problems. Students should have some familiarity with If you are unsure if you have necessary background, please consult with the instructor.


Game Theory is the study of mathematical models of strategic decision making with interacting decision makers. This course will introduce the main concepts and tools of the subjects. The course will focus more on concepts and illustrative examples than mathematical theory The topics covered will include: For more details consult the week-by-week syllabus

Problem Sets


There will be two midterm exams and a final. The final grade will be based 20% on the problem sets, 25% for each midterm exam and 30% on the final.

Midterm 1: Thursday October 12
Midterm 2: Tuesday November 21
Final Exam: Monday December 11, 10:30-12:30

Handouts and Useful Links

  • Game Theory in the Movies
  • Game Theory on British TV Game Show

    David Marker's homepage

    Last Revised: 9/6/17