PS 1514 (2017 Spring)

PS 1514: Political Strategy in International Relations
William Spaniel
Spring 2017
Lecture: Tu/Th 11:00-12:15, Benedum Hall 158
Office Hours: Posvar Hall 4446, Tu 12:45-2:45
Email: williamspaniel@gmail.com

Syllabus
Problem Set 1
Problem Set 2

2/9: War’s Inefficiency Puzzle
Reading: Rationalist Explanations for War

Videos: Algebraic Bargaining Model of War, War’s Bargaining Range, Crisis Bargaining

2/7: Bargaining
Videos: The Ultimatum Game, Outside Options

If you are wondering why it is safe to assume that the receiver accepts when indifferent in our search for equilibria, here is the explanation.

1/26: Comparative Statics
Videos: Probability Distributions, Generalized Battle of the Sexes, Penalty Kicks, Establishing Causation, Comparative Statics (with Derivatives), Comparative Statics (without Derivatives)

You are now capable of doing the entire first problem set.

Reading: The Robinson Crusoe Fallacy

1/24: Subgame Perfect Equilibrium
Videos: Subgame Perfect Equilibrium, Backward Induction, How NOT to Write a Subgame Perfect Equilibrium, Multiple Subgame Perfect Equilibria, Commitment Problems

You are now capable of doing all of the problems in the first unit of the problem set.

1/19: Calculating Payoffs and Efficiency
Videos: Battle of the Sexes, Calculating Payoffs, Pareto Efficiency

You are now capable of doing all of the problems in the first unit of the problem set.

1/17: Mixed Strategy Nash Equilibrium
Videos: Mixed Strategy Nash Equilibrium, The Mixed Strategy Algorithm, How NOT to Write a Mixed Strategy Nash Equilibrium

1/12: Nash Equilibrium
Videos: Stag Hunt and Pure Strategy Nash Equilibrium, What Is a Nash Equilibrium?, Best Responses

1/10: Dominance
Videos: The Prisoner’s Dilemma and Strictly Dominated Strategies, Iterated Elimination of Strictly Dominated Strategies

Problem Set 1 is posted.

1/5: Introduction
If you’d like to preview the first month’s worth of materials, check this playlist: