Jim Ratliff's Graduate-Level Course in Game Theory

Here are lecture notes from a game-theory course I taught to students in their second year of the economics PhD program at the University of Arizona during the 1992-1997 period.

The material presented would also be helpful to first-year PhD students learning game theory as part of their microeconomic-theory sequence, as well as to advanced undergraduates learning game theory. I consider the exposition detailed, rigorous, and self-contained.

I no longer teach game theory, so these notes are currently frozen in this state. I'm making them available here because I still get requests for them. I have not updated them to reflect recent advances. I also won't be correcting any errors (though I hope that most of them have already been caught!) or adding any topics.

I would be very interested in and appreciate hearing from anyone who downloads them and finds them useful. Also I may eventually post problem sets and their solutions. Let me know if you'd like to be notified of such changes. Please email me.

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