Universität Wien FIND

040245 UK Incentives and Strategic Behavior (BA) (2020W)

Track in Competition and Regulation

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 4 - Wirtschaftswissenschaften
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 50 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Friday 02.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Friday 09.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Friday 16.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Friday 23.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Friday 30.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Friday 06.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Friday 13.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Friday 20.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Friday 27.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Friday 04.12. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Friday 11.12. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Friday 18.12. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Friday 08.01. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Friday 15.01. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Friday 22.01. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Friday 29.01. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

This course provides an introduction to Strategic Thinking. An individual takes part in a strategic interaction if her outcomes depend not only on her own actions but also on the action of other individuals. Examples include international relations, collective decision-making processes (such as voting), litigation, war, environmental negotiations, online auctions, business interactions, biological evolution, sports competitions, etc.
The course is structured in two different parts. We shall begin with an introduction to the basic concepts of decision-making and strategy and a brief discussion on strategic reasoning and equilibrium. We will then move to real-world applications.
This semester, the classes will take place online through Collaborate.

Assessment and permitted materials

Grading will be as follows. There will be one written exam (45%). In addition, students should participate actively in class (15%), hand in two problem sets (20%) and write one small essay (3-4 pages) (20%). The final exam will be on January 29th. There will be a retake on March 5th
Exams will take place through Collaborate

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Grades and Percentage Points:
>85%, 1
75-85, 2
60-75, 3
50-60, 4
less than 50%, 5

Examination topics

Course Outline:
1. Introduction
2. Principles of Decision-Making
3. Normal Form Games: Dominant Strategies, Equilibrium.
4. Applications: Coordination Games, Focal Points
5. Extensive Form Games: Subgame Perfection.
6. Applications: Conflict, Commitment.
7. Rationality
8. Applications: Cooperation, Repeated Interactions.
9. Applications: Collective Decisions and Politics.

Reading list

The main texts for the course are A. K. Dixit and B. J. Nalebuff "Thinking Strategically: The Competitive Edge in Business, Politics, and Everyday Life", 1993, and J. Mc Millan "Games, Strategies, and Managers", New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1992.
For reference you can also use any introductory and other game-theory books, such as R.
Gibbons "A Primer in Game Theory", M. J. Osborne "An Introduction to Game Theory",
R. Myerson "Game Theory: Analysis of Conflict".

Association in the course directory

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