Lecture course in the autumn-winter term 2016

Game theory

Lectures: Prof. Dr. C. Hertling

Monday, 13:45 - 15:15, A5 C013, starting on 05.09.2016

Friday, 10:15 - 11:45, A5 C015,

Exercise session: Sven Balnojan

Friday, 12:00 - 13:30 , A5 C015, starting on 16.09.2015


A manuscript is provided. The manuscript and the exercise sheets are secured by a username and a password. In the lecture on 05.09.2016 username and password will be announced. Version 31.08.2016


The 1st written exam took place on 21.12.2016. The 2nd written exam will take place on 07.02.2017. Three old written exams (07.12.2012, 05.02.2013, 21.12.2015) with solutions can be found on the homepages of my classes Game theory in the HWS 2012 and in the HWS 2015 (user name and password are the same as for this page).
In order to be allowed to take part in the exam, one had to reach 96 points in the exercises.
The results of the written exam on 21.12.2016 can be found on the Portal of the Uni Mannheim.
Klausureinsicht: On Thursday, 09.02.2016, at 13:45-14:30, hopefully in A5 C115, the participants of both exams can look at their exams.
The 1st written exam is here, Exam 21.12.2016. Its official solutions are here, Exam 21.12.2016 with solutions. The 2nd written exam will not be published.


Each week (except the last week), starting on 05.09.2016, there will be a sheet of exercises. All participants are advised to work out the exercises. They are integral part of the course. They complement the lectures by giving examples, and they give the chance to work yourself through typical arguments.
There will be 13 sheets altogether. Each will be worth 16 points. Up to two people can submit solutions together, at the beginning of the Monday lecture one week later. On the following Friday, in the exercise session official solutions will be discussed. The students' solutions will be graded until then and given back in this exercise session.
In order to be allowed to take part in the exam, one has to reach 12 times 8 = 96 points in the exercises.

05.09.: Sheet 01, submission Monday 12.09.

12.09.: Sheet 02, submission Monday 19.09.

19.09.: Sheet 03, submission Monday 26.09.

26.09.: Sheet 04, submission Tuesday 04.10.

30.09.: Sheet 05, submission Monday 10.10.

10.10.: Sheet 06, submission Monday 17.10.

17.10.: Sheet 07, submission Monday 24.10.

24.10.: Sheet 08, submission Monday 31.10.

31.10.: Sheet 09, submission Monday 07.11.

07.11.: Sheet 10, submission Monday 14.11.

14.11.: Sheet 11, submission Monday 21.11.

21.11.: Sheet 12, submission Monday 28.11.

28.11.: Sheet 13, submission Monday 05.12.


There are many good books on game theory. The book of von Neumann and Morgenstern founded game theory. The other books listed had been useful in preparing the course.

Walter Schlee: Einführung in die Spieltheorie. Mit Beispielen und Aufgaben. Vieweg Verlag, 2004.

Ken Binmore: Game theory. A very short introduction. Oxford University Press, 2007.

J. Gonzalez-Diaz, I. Garcia-Jurado, M.G. Fiestras-Janeiro: An introductory course on mathematical game theory. Graduate Studies in Mathematics vol. 115, AMS, 2010.

John von Neumann, Oskar Morgenstern: Theory of games and economic behaviour. Princeton University Press, 1944.

Manfred J. Holler, Gerhard Illing: Einführung in die Spieltheorie. Springer Verlag, 2006 (6. Auflage).

Siegfried K. Berninghaus, Karl-Martin Ehrhart, Werner Güth: Strategische Spiele. Springer Verlag, 2010 (3. Auflage).