Fall 2020

Game Theory and Applications

Listed in: Economics, as ECON-420

Formerly listed as: ECON-73

Moodle site: Course


Christopher G. Kingston (Section 01)


Game theory analyzes situations in which multiple individuals (or firms, political parties, countries) interact in a strategic manner. It has proved useful for explaining cooperation and conflict in a wide variety of strategic situations in economics, political science, and elsewhere. Such situations can include, for example, firms interacting in imperfectly competitive markets, auctions, arms races, political competition for votes, and chess. This course will provide an introduction to the tools and insights of game theory. Though mathematically rigorous, emphasis will be on applications rather than on formal theory.

For Fall 2020, the class will consist of asynchronous remote video lectures.

Requisite: ECON 300 or 301 or consent of the instructor. Limited to 40 students. Fall semester. Professor Kingston.

If Overenrolled: If overenrolled, preference will be given to those who attend all classes during the first week; to those who preregistered; to Amherst College students; and to those with a strong background in mathematics and/or other quantitative areas of study.


Online Only, Quantitative Reasoning


2022-23: Offered in Fall 2022
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Fall 2008, Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Fall 2017, Fall 2018, Fall 2019, Fall 2020, Fall 2021, Fall 2022, Spring 2024