# Econ 1033: The Economics of Networks

[Syllabus]

[Slides from Lecture 1]

By lecture on February 6, everyone should be signed up on Canvas.
Please email Krishna [ dasarath@g.harvard.edu
] if you have any trouble signing up.

## Announcements

- This week (February 6), my (Golub's) Wednesday office hours will
occur immediately after the end of lecture. Please email if you had
been planning on the other office hours and we will find a mutually
convenient time.
- In case you would like to spend a little time browsing
through material for tomorrow's lecture, we'll be covering Chapter 17
in Easley and Kleinberg, Network Effects, available here (Links
to an external site.)Links
to an external site..
- For Lecture 2,we
will again meet in Harvard Hall 201, because for this lecture it'll be
helpful to have all the board (and projector) space. After that
lecture, we will very likely to move to another room, which will be
announced.

## Assignment 1

Due on Canvas or to dasarath@g.harvard.edu
by Thursday, February 7,
5pm.

- Read:
- Easley and Kleinberg Chapter 1;
- Easley and Kleinberg Chapter 6.1-6.5 inclusive;
- Section 6.9;
- (If
you've taken a course covering the same game theory content very
recently and remember it well, you can skim this quickly: it will be
repeating things you know.)

- Problem set:
- At the end of Easley and Kleinberg Chapter 6, do problems 1, 2,
5, 14, 15.
- Write 200-300 words on the following question: Recall
the game we played in class: Schelling's focal point survey (see
slides). What type of game from EK Ch. 6 does this remind you of? How
much does game theory help us with making predictions of how people
play this game? Consider this question both in reference to Question 1
and Question 7 in Schelling's survey.

## Supplemental Material

I've
assigned a chapter on basic game theory and a problem set to practice
with the concepts. There are videos and some online exercises that
complement the textbook well, and I recommend them. The easiest way to
get them is by registering (free) at EdX and accessing.

https://courses.edx.org/courses/course-v1:CornellX+INFO2040x+1T2016/course/

The materials you're looking for are in Module 2, "Game Theory and
Auctions," and I recommend these units:

Introduction to Game Theory and Auctions

Roundtable: Game Theory

Prisoner's Dilemma

Examining the Prisoner's Dilemma

Nash Equilibrium