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:

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