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Dale O Stahl

Professor Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

Malcolm Forsman Centennial Professor
Dale O Stahl

Contact

  • Phone: 512-475-8541
  • Office: BRB 3.134F
  • Office Hours: Tues 12-1pm, Wed 9-10am & 1-2pm
  • Campus Mail Code: C3100

ECO 354K • Introductory Game Theory

33390 • Fall 2015
Meets TTH 930am-1100am PAR 1
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INTRODUCTION TO THE FORMAL STUDY OF INTERDEPENDENT DECISION MAKING. APPLICATIONS OF GAME THEORY INCLUDE PRICING AND ADVERTISING STRATEGIES, LABOR-MANAGEMENT BARGAINING, AND TARIFF NEGOTIATIONS.

PREREQUISITE: ECONOMICS 420K AND 329 WITH A GRADE OF AT LEAST C- IN EACH.

Contact professor for more information.

ECO 354K • Introductory Game Theory

34575 • Fall 2014
Meets TTH 930am-1100am CLA 1.104
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INTRODUCTION TO THE FORMAL STUDY OF INTERDEPENDENT DECISION MAKING. APPLICATIONS OF GAME THEORY INCLUDE PRICING AND ADVERTISING STRATEGIES, LABOR-MANAGEMENT BARGAINING, AND TARIFF NEGOTIATIONS.

PREREQUISITE: ECONOMICS 420K AND 329 WITH A GRADE OF AT LEAST C- IN EACH.

Contact professor for more information.

ECO 359M • Envir And Natural Resource Eco

34580 • Fall 2014
Meets TTH 330pm-500pm CLA 1.104
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OPTIMAL USE OF EXHAUSTIBLE AND RENEWABLE RESOURCES; VALUATION OF NONMARK ETED ENVIR AMENITIES; ECON OF POLLUTION CONTROL INSTRUMENTS; ENVIR QUALI TY AND INTNATL TRADE; ECON OF GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE; POLLUTION CONTROL.

PREREQUISITE: ECO 420K AND 329 WITH A GRADE OF AT LEAST C- IN EACH.

This course will study the economics of public policy toward natural resources and the environment. It is designed primarily for advanced undergraduates in economics. Prerequisites include microeconomics and calculus. We will start with the concepts of externalities, public goods, property rights, market failure, and social cost-benefit analysis. Within this framework, we will consider a few additional problems such as information, uncertainty, and risk analysis. The first set of applications of these tools will involve natural resources. Other applications include air pollution, water pollution, solid waste management, and hazardous substances. In addressing each of these problems, we will compare public policy responses such as administrative regulation, marketable permits, tax incentives, and direct subsidies.

ECO 354K • Introductory Game Theory

34855 • Spring 2014
Meets MW 930am-1100am BRB 1.118
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INTRODUCTION TO THE FORMAL STUDY OF INTERDEPENDENT DECISION MAKING. APPLICATIONS OF GAME THEORY INCLUDE PRICING AND ADVERTISING STRATEGIES, LABOR-MANAGEMENT BARGAINING, AND TARIFF NEGOTIATIONS.

PREREQUISITE: ECONOMICS 420K AND 329 WITH A GRADE OF AT LEAST C- IN EACH.

Contact professor for more information.

ECO 354K • Introductory Game Theory

34605 • Fall 2013
Meets TTH 930am-1100am CLA 1.104
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INTRODUCTION TO THE FORMAL STUDY OF INTERDEPENDENT DECISION MAKING. APPLICATIONS OF GAME THEORY INCLUDE PRICING AND ADVERTISING STRATEGIES, LABOR-MANAGEMENT BARGAINING, AND TARIFF NEGOTIATIONS.

PREREQUISITE: ECONOMICS 420K AND 329 WITH A GRADE OF AT LEAST C- IN EACH.

Contact professor for more information.

ECO 359M • Envir And Natural Resource Eco

34607 • Fall 2013
Meets TTH 330pm-500pm CLA 1.104
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OPTIMAL USE OF EXHAUSTIBLE AND RENEWABLE RESOURCES; VALUATION OF NONMARK ETED ENVIR AMENITIES; ECON OF POLLUTION CONTROL INSTRUMENTS; ENVIR QUALI TY AND INTNATL TRADE; ECON OF GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE; POLLUTION CONTROL.

PREREQUISITE: ECO 420K AND 329 WITH A GRADE OF AT LEAST C- IN EACH.

This course will study the economics of public policy toward natural resources and the environment. It is designed primarily for advanced undergraduates in economics. Prerequisites include microeconomics and calculus. We will start with the concepts of externalities, public goods, property rights, market failure, and social cost-benefit analysis. Within this framework, we will consider a few additional problems such as information, uncertainty, and risk analysis. The first set of applications of these tools will involve natural resources. Other applications include air pollution, water pollution, solid waste management, and hazardous substances. In addressing each of these problems, we will compare public policy responses such as administrative regulation, marketable permits, tax incentives, and direct subsidies.

ECO 354K • Introductory Game Theory

34395 • Spring 2013
Meets TTH 930am-1100am BRB 1.118
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INTRODUCTION TO THE FORMAL STUDY OF INTERDEPENDENT DECISION MAKING. APPLICATIONS OF GAME THEORY INCLUDE PRICING AND ADVERTISING STRATEGIES, LABOR-MANAGEMENT BARGAINING, AND TARIFF NEGOTIATIONS.

PREREQUISITE: ECONOMICS 420K AND 329 WITH A GRADE OF AT LEAST C- IN EACH.

Contact professor for more information.

ECO 359M • Envir And Natural Resource Eco

34400 • Spring 2013
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm BRB 1.118
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OPTIMAL USE OF EXHAUSTIBLE AND RENEWABLE RESOURCES; VALUATION OF NONMARK ETED ENVIR AMENITIES; ECON OF POLLUTION CONTROL INSTRUMENTS; ENVIR QUALI TY AND INTNATL TRADE; ECON OF GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE; POLLUTION CONTROL.

PREREQUISITE: ECO 420K AND 329 WITH A GRADE OF AT LEAST C- IN EACH.

This course will study the economics of public policy toward natural resources and the environment. It is designed primarily for advanced undergraduates in economics. Prerequisites include microeconomics and calculus. We will start with the concepts of externalities, public goods, property rights, market failure, and social cost-benefit analysis. Within this framework, we will consider a few additional problems such as information, uncertainty, and risk analysis. The first set of applications of these tools will involve natural resources. Other applications include air pollution, water pollution, solid waste management, and hazardous substances. In addressing each of these problems, we will compare public policy responses such as administrative regulation, marketable permits, tax incentives, and direct subsidies.

ECO 354K • Introductory Game Theory

34300 • Fall 2012
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm BRB 2.136
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INTRODUCTION TO THE FORMAL STUDY OF INTERDEPENDENT DECISION MAKING. APPLICATIONS OF GAME THEORY INCLUDE PRICING AND ADVERTISING STRATEGIES, LABOR-MANAGEMENT BARGAINING, AND TARIFF NEGOTIATIONS.

PREREQUISITE: ECONOMICS 420K AND 329 WITH A GRADE OF AT LEAST C- IN EACH.

Contact professor for more information.

ECO 354K • Introductory Game Theory

34205 • Fall 2011
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm BRB 1.118
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INTRODUCTION TO THE FORMAL STUDY OF INTERDEPENDENT DECISION MAKING. APPLICATIONS OF GAME THEORY INCLUDE PRICING AND ADVERTISING STRATEGIES, LABOR-MANAGEMENT BARGAINING, AND TARIFF NEGOTIATIONS.

PREREQUISITE: ECONOMICS 420K AND 329 WITH A GRADE OF AT LEAST C- IN EACH.

Contact professor for more information.

ECO 354K • Introductory Game Theory

34495 • Spring 2011
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm BRB 1.118
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INTRODUCTION TO THE FORMAL STUDY OF INTERDEPENDENT DECISION MAKING. APPLICATIONS OF GAME THEORY INCLUDE PRICING AND ADVERTISING STRATEGIES, LABOR-MANAGEMENT BARGAINING, AND TARIFF NEGOTIATIONS.

PREREQUISITE: ECONOMICS 420K AND 329 WITH A GRADE OF AT LEAST C- IN EACH.

Contact professor for more information.

ECO 354K • Introductory Game Theory

33490 • Fall 2010
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm BRB 1.118
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INTRODUCTION TO THE FORMAL STUDY OF INTERDEPENDENT DECISION MAKING. APPLICATIONS OF GAME THEORY INCLUDE PRICING AND ADVERTISING STRATEGIES, LABOR-MANAGEMENT BARGAINING, AND TARIFF NEGOTIATIONS.

PREREQUISITE: ECONOMICS 420K AND 329 WITH A GRADE OF AT LEAST C- IN EACH.

Contact professor for more information.

ECO 354K • Introductory Game Theory

33695 • Spring 2010
Meets TTH 330pm-500pm UTC 3.102
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INTRODUCTION TO THE FORMAL STUDY OF INTERDEPENDENT DECISION MAKING. APPLICATIONS OF GAME THEORY INCLUDE PRICING AND ADVERTISING STRATEGIES, LABOR-MANAGEMENT BARGAINING, AND TARIFF NEGOTIATIONS.

PREREQUISITE: ECONOMICS 420K AND 329 WITH A GRADE OF AT LEAST C- IN EACH.

Contact professor for more information.

ECO 354K • Introductory Game Theory

33865 • Fall 2009
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm BRB 1.118
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F '09 Prof. Stahl

ECO354K,

Unique No. 33865

INTRODUCTORY GAME THEORY SYLLABUS

TTH 2-3:30

Content:

, BRB 1.118

This course will introduce upper-level undergraduates to game theory,

which has made recent significant contributions in every field of economics as

well as other social sciences. Game theory concerns itself with decision

making in situations where the outcome depends on the actions of several

decision makers. Chess and poker are games, but also business pricing

decisions, trade tariff negotiations, and committee voting can be fruitfully

analyzed as formal games.

Classes will consist of lectures and demonstrations/experiments. There

may be an occasional class scheduled at another time to utilize a computer

laboratory. Most homework will be done in teams of 3-5 students.

Texts:

1999, (required).

Undergraduate Game Theory - Lecture Notes, D. Stahl, 2009, available

at CBA, (required).

Thinking Strategically, Avinish Dixit and Barry Nalebluff, Norton,

1991 (optional).

Fun and Games, Ken Binmore, Heath, 1992 (advanced reference).

Strategies and Games: Theory and Practice, P. K. Dutta, MIT Press,

Grading:

Exam I: October 8

Exam II: November 12

Final Exam: see Registrar’s web page.

A+:[97,100]; A:[93,97); A-:[90,93); B+: [87,90); B:[83,87); B-:[80,83);

C+:[77,80]; C:[73,77); C-:[70,73); D+: [67,70); D:[63,67); D-:[60,63).

Homework 10%; two exams 30% each; Final 30%.

Course Outline:

Week

1 LN0, D26 Review of Probability Theory

2 LN1, D2.1-2.3 Decisions Under Certainty

3-4 LN2, D27,2.4 Decisions Under Uncertainty

5 LN3, D1,2 Games as Extended Decision Problems

6-7 LN4, D11,13,19 Games with Perfect Information

8-9 LN5, D3-5,8 Games with Imperfect Information

10-11 LN7, D20,22,24 Games with Private Information

13-14 LN6, D14,15 Repeated Games

15 LN8 Bounded Rationality and Learning

Office Hours:

TA:

BRB 3.134F, tba tba

Experimental Games

Works in Experimental Economics 

Rule learning code and documentation

Following is a list of working and published papers in experimental economics with downloadable data sets. 

Stahl, D. O. (2000) " Action Reinforcement Learning versus Rule Learning ."

           The aggregate choices by session.
           Plots of aggregate GX6 choices by session.
           Appendix B: Computational Methods and Issues.

 Haruvy, E. (1997) "Testing Modes in the Population Distribution of Beliefs in Experimental Games," University of Texas at Austin.

           The Experiments

           Instructions for the hypothesis extraction experiment
           A black and white GIF picture of a representative experiment screen
           The data sets
           The games
           First experiment's hypothesis data set
           Second experiment's hypothesis data set
 

Stahl, D. "Evidence Based Rule Learning in Symmetric Normal-Form Games", International J. of Game Theory, 28, 1999, 111-130.

Instructions | Period 1 Choice data | Period 2 Choice data
 

Stahl, D. "Rule Learning in Symmetric Normal-Form Games: Theory and Evidence", Games and Economic Behavior, 32, 2000, 105-138. pdf

game_matrix.data | choice.data

Haruvy, E., Stahl, D. O., and Wilson, P. "Modeling and Testing for Heterogeneity in Observed Strategic Behavior," Review of Economics and Statistics, 83, 2001, 146-57.

Stahl, D. O.,"Population Rule Learning in Symmetric Normal-Form Games: Theory and Evidence," J. of Econ. Behavior and Organ. , 45, 2001, 19-35. pdf

Haruvy, E. and D. Stahl, "Aspiration-based and Reciprocity-based Rules in Learning Dynamics for Normal-Form Games," J. of Math. Psychology , 46, 2002, 531-553. pdf

Haruvy, E. and D. Stahl, "Deductive versus Inductive Equilibrium Selection: Experimental Results," J. of Econ. Behavior and Organ. , 53, 2004, 319-332. pdf

Haruvy, E. and D. Stahl, "Other Regarding Preferences: Egalitarian Warm Glow, Empathy and Group Size," J. of Econ. Beh. and Org., forthcoming. pdf

  • Haruvy, E. and D. Stahl, "Level-n Bounded Rationality in Two-Player Two-Stage Games," J. of Econ. Beh. and Org., forthcoming. pdf

Bacharach, M. and D. Stahl, "Variable-Frame Level-n Theory," November 1997. Working paper version of article in Games and Economic Behavior, 2000. pdf

 

OTHER WORKING PAPERS IN EXPERIMENTAL ECONOMICS:

  1. Stahl, D., "An Experimental Test of the Efficacy of Simple Reputation Mechanisms to Solve Social Dilemmas," November 2009. pdf
  2. Stahl, D, and E. Haruvy, "Testing Behavioral Theories for Extensive-form Two-Player Two-Stage Games," June 2007. pdf
  3. Haruvy, E. and D. Stahl, "Subgame Perfection in Ultimatum Game Trees," February 2007. pdf
  4. Haruvy, E. and D. Stahl, "Rule Learning Across Dissimilar Normal-form Games," August 2004. pdf
  5. Haruvy, E. and D. Stahl, "Level-n Bounded Rationality and Dominated Strategies in Normal-Form Games," October 2002. pdf
  6. Haruvy, E. and D. Stahl, "Robust Initial Conditions for Learning Dynamics," August 2000. pdf
  7. Stahl, D. "Action Reinforcement Learning versus Rule learning, December 2000. main pdf | Appendix A | Appendix B
  8. Stahl, D. "Sophisticated Learning and Learning Sophistication", July 1999. pdf
  9. Haruvy, E. and Stahl, D. O., "Equilibrium Selection and Bounded Rationality in Symmetric Normal-Form Games," November 2001; formerly: "Empirical Tests of Equilibrium Selection Based on Player Heterogeneity," 1999. pdf
  10. Stahl, D. O., "Local Rule Learning: Theory and Evidence," December 1997. postscript
  11. Stahl, D., "A Horse Race Among Reinforcement Learning Models,"  January 1999. zipped pdf

 


If you download any of the data sets on this page or if you would like a copy of any of the above papers, please notify us at stahl@eco.utexas.edu. We would be delighted to mail you a copy.


Links to the authors' personal pages:

Ernan Haruvy
Dale O. Stahl
Paul W. Wilson

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