Strategic thinking is the art of outdoing an adversary, knowing that the adversary is trying to do the same to you. All of us must practice strategic thinking at work as well as at home. Businessmen and corporations must use good competitive strategies to survive. Politicians have to devise campaign strategies to get elected, and legislative strategies to implement their visions. Parents trying to elicit good behavior from children must become good strategists. The science of strategic thinking is called game theory. This course is an introduction to game theory. Tools of game theory will be presented via simple examples and real-life applications. Applications include, competitions between firms, strategic voting, incentives, sports competitions, auctions, college admissions, cost sharing, kidney allocation, bankruptcy laws, etc.

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