Interactive Tutorials in Game Theory

Martin Poulter, Economics Network

This is an introduction to the Iterated Prisoner's Dilemma. It allows the reader to play against three strategies, and discusses what is learnt about co-operation and forgiveness by egotists. It ends with discussion questions and further reading suggestions.

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Kevin Hinde, University of Northumbria

A short version (nine minutes) and a long version (22 minutes) video introduces the Prisoner's Dilemma using slides and commentary. It is in ASX streaming format which requires Windows Media Player.

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Ariel Rubenstein, Tel Aviv University

This site hosts a set of online interactive games which can be customised by lecturers and then played by groups using web browsers. Lecturers then have access to statistics for student performance. The site is free to use for one course per term.

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Eric Klopfer

This is a set of three Java models to illustrate the iterated Prisoner's Dilemma.

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Adam Brandenburger, Harvard Business School, Barry Nalebuff, Yale School of Management

This companion page for the game theory book "Co-opetition" provides some simple interactive games connected to themes in the book. Games available are: Test your decision making, Settlement Escrows (a negotiation tool), Guessing game, Performance Review, Target Practice, and Production Forecasting.

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Wolfram Demonstrations Project

Graphic representations of various concepts in microeconomics (e.g. monopoly, consumer and producer surplus, Edgeworth Box), macroeconomics (e.g. Solow growth model, Keynesian cross, Lorenz Curve and Gini coefficient), game theory (e.g. Nash equilibrium in 3x3 game, binomial tree) and financial theory (e.g. net present value, price-yield curve). Submitted by various authors in Mathematica, with short explanation of underlying theory, and options to manipulate the diagram by changing the different variables. To do this, and view the demonstrations in the browser, requires download of the Mathematica Player browser plug-in which is available for Windows, Linux or Mac. These form part of the Wolfram Demonstrations Project, hosted on the website of independent scientist Stephen Wolfram as a development of his popular Mathematica program.

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Chris Downs, Open University

From a principles course originally distributed on CD-ROM, this seven-section tutorial uses spoken and written text with animated graphs and definitions of key terms. There are approximately 35 minutes of material in this tutorial.

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M M. Grobelnik, Carniegie-Mellon University

This site hosts Java tools which enable you to create, play and analyse games in strategic or extensive form. The given examples include games from Roy Gardner's book "Games for Business and Economics". Extensive instructions are given on how to create the games, which require no programming. The extensive form module requires you to use Sun's latest version of Java rather than the browser's version, so you may need to download a large Java plug-in. The strategic form module allows several students to play across a network, moderated by a lecturer.

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