An introduction to strategic analysis of games on networks

Instruction by Armando Razo

(duration: 3h)

This workshop introduces the basics of non-cooperative game theory with a focus on applications that require consideration of social connections. In effect, this is primarily a workshop about games on networks where the latter as taken as exogenous variables.

The workshop is organized in three 1-hour parts as follows:
  1. Basics of non-cooperative game theory. This part introduces participants to simultaneous and sequential choice models of strategic behavior. Conventional equilibrium notions and practical solution techniques will be reviewed with hands-on exercises.
  2. Games on networks. This part analyzes the impact of exogenous social structures on simple models of cooperation and coordination.
  3. Network formation games. This last part provides a high-level overview of the newer economic literature on network formation. Specifically, this part will highlight concepts from cooperative game theory that are foundational to understand network formation.

What you will need

  • Optional: a laptop to download handouts with exercises

Background Materials

  1. How to model and analyze networks
  2. Overview of economic approaches to network analysis
  3. For an introduction to (noncooperative) game theory, please see appendix in:
  4. Advanced Game Theory:

About the instructor

Armando Razo is Associate Professor of Political Science and a faculty affiliate at the Indiana University Network Institute. His teaching and research interests include comparative analysis of networks and institutions, game-theoretic and computational models of networks and collective action, and political economy of development.

Dates and Deadlines
April 1, 2014:
Workshop and presentation acceptance deadline
May 2, 2014:
Last day for early registration
May 28-30, 2014:
Workshops to be held
May 29-31, 2014:
Conference talks and panels