Topics in Applied Game Theory

CEU – Economics Department – winter 2013

Instructor: Andrea Canidio


Office: Nador 11, #406

Office hours: by appointment

Course web-page: TBA


The course is devoted to the discussion of some applications of game theory. It follows the course topics in game theory held in the fall and taught by Adam Szeidl.


Each student is expected to present one or two papers out of the reading list, solve one or two problem sets, and produce a research proposal.

Main textbooks

The material explained in class will be taken mostly from:

However, students will be held responsible for the material covered in class, independently on whether it is covered in the books.

Course Prerequisites

Students should have completed a master level sequence in Microeconomics. Having attended the course topics in game theory held in the fall is highly recommended but not strictly necessary.


  1. Matching Theory: Market Design and Assignment Games.
  2. Incomplete Contracts and Organizations.

Reading list

Students should choose some of the following papers for presentations. Each presentation should be 1 hour long (around 20 slides). One week before the scheduled presentation, students should submit a short summary (around 1 page) of their assigned paper, and then schedule a meeting with me. If you prefer to present a paper that is not on this list, just let me know.

Marked Design: applications:

Any paper dealing with kidney exchange, school choice, college admission, ... Some ideas:

Generalized Matching Problems (i.e. in between market design and assignment games):

Assignment Games: applications:

Assignment Games: more theory:

Information and Organizations

Internal organization of the firm

Corporate finance and incomplete contracts


Markets and and Organizations

Incomplete Contracts and Trade

Recent developments in contract theory

Research Proposal

Part of your evaluation will be based on a research proposal. A research proposal should contain the following elements:

  1. A clearly stated research question. The research question should be related to one of the topics discussed in class.
  2. A review of the relevant literature. The goal of this section is not to summarise the literature, but to explain to what extent existing research help to explain or fail to explain your research question.
  3. A simple model.
  4. Some intuition regarding what results you can obtain from your model.

The research proposal should be 5 to 10 pages long.

NB. This syllabus will be updated. You are advised to check for the most recent version on the course website.