Lecture course in the autumn-winter term 2017

Game theory

Lectures: Prof. Dr. C. Hertling

Tuesday, 13:45 - 15:15, A5 C015, starting on 05.09.2017

Thursday, 13:45 - 15:15, A5 C015,

Exercise session: Sven Balnojan

Thursday, 15:30 - 17:00 , A5 C015, starting on 14.09.2017


A manuscript is provided. The manuscript and the exercise sheets are secured by a username and a password. In the lecture on 05.09.2017 username and password will be announced. Version 19.04.2017


The 1st written exam took place on 15.12.2017. The 2nd written exam took place on 10.02.2018. Four old written exams (07.12.2012, 05.02.2013, 21.12.2015, 21.12.2016) with solutions can be found on the homepages of my classes Game theory in the HWS 2012, the HWS 2015 and the HWS 2016 (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 15.12.2017 can be found on the Portal of the Uni Mannheim.
Klausureinsicht: On Tuesday, 13.02.2017, at 15:45-16:30, in C015 the participants of both exams can look at their exams.
The 1st written exam is here, Exam 15.12.2017. Its official solutions are here, Exam 15.12.2017 with solutions. The 2nd written exam will not be published.


Each week (except the last week), starting on 05.09.2017, 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 Tuesday lecture one week later. On the Thursday two days later, in the exercise session official solutions will be discussed. The students' solutions will be graded until this Thursday or the following Tuesday and will be given back in the lecture 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 Tuesday 12.09.

12.09.: Sheet 02, submission Tuesday 19.09.

19.09.: Sheet 03, submission Tuesday 26.09.

26.09.: Sheet 04, submission Wednesday 04.10.

02.10.: Sheet 05, submission Tuesday 10.10.

10.10.: Sheet 06, submission Tuesday 17.10.

17.10.: Sheet 07, submission Tuesday 24.10.

24.10.: Sheet 08, submission Thursday 02.11.

27.10.: Sheet 09, submission Tuesday 07.11.

07.11.: Sheet 10, submission Tuesday 14.11.

14.11.: Sheet 11, submission Tuesday 21.11.

21.11.: Sheet 12, submission Tuesday 28.11.

28.11.: Sheet 13, submission Tuesday 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).