Decision Sciences & Systems
Technical University of Munich

Prof. Dr. Felix Brandt
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Seminar SS 2017

Economics and Computation



In recent years, there has been an increasing interest in topics at the intersection of economics and computer science, as witnessed by the continued rapid rise of research areas such as algorithmic game theory and computational social choice. This development is due to the emergence of computational networks such as the Internet as well as the need to get a grip on algorithmic questions in economics.
The emphasis in this seminar lies on the independent study of classic economics papers, but also, and in particular, more recent papers from computer science. Among the topics to be covered are matching theory, mechanism design, and voting theory. 

Registration (*please read carefully*)

Seats are split up between students from computer science and students from other programs. All interested students have to attend the overview meeting and send an application by email briefly describing their background (including relevant courses) and motivation (up to 250 words) as well as 2-5 papers they are interested in. Deadline for applications: January 29, 2017 (11:59pm). Students from computer science additionally have to use the matching system for indication of interest. Notifications will be sent out on January 31 (mathematics) and Februrary 16 (computer science) and include assignment of papers and supervisors. Registration in TUMonline will be taken care of by the lecturers by end of February; no further action is required.

Time and venue

Overview (Vorbesprechung):

  • Wednesday, January 25, 11.00 - 12.00, room 01.10.011 (slides)
First meeting:
  • Wednesday, April 26, 14.00 - 15.00, room 01.10.033


  • Wednesday, May 17, 15.30 - 17.00, room 01.10.033
    • Talk 1
    • Speaker: Fabio Bove
    • Chair: Christina Dosch
  • Wednesday, May 24, 14.00 - 17.00, room 01.10.033
    • Talk 2
    • Speaker: Anna Kaplan
    • Chair: Michael Heptner
    • Talk 3
    • Speaker: Katie Clark
    • Chair: Sebastián Soto Gaona
  • Wednesday, June 14, 14.00 - 17.00, room 01.10.033
    • Talk 4
    • Speaker: Claudia Löschberger
    • Chair: Ulrike Schmidt-Kräpelin
    • Talk 5
    • Speaker: Christina Dosch
    • Chair: Augusto Corrêa
  • Wednesday, June 21, 14.00 - 15.30, room 01.10.033
    • Talk 6
    • Speaker: Sebastián Soto Gaona
    • Chair: Fabio Bove
  • Wednesday, June 28, 14.00 - 17.00, room 01.10.033
    • Talk 7
    • Speaker: Augusto Corrêa
    • Chair: Katie Clark
    • Talk 8
    • Speaker: Ulrike Schmidt-Kräpelin
    • Chair: Anna Kaplan

Preliminary selection of articles

Algorithmic Game Theory

A. Bogomolnaia and M. O. Jackson. The stability of hedonic coalition structures. Games and Economic Behavior, 38(2):201–230, 2002.

X. Deng and C. H. Papadimitriou. On the complexity of cooperative solution concepts. Mathematics of Operations Research, 12(2):257–266, 1994.

D. C. Fisher and J. Ryan. Optimal strategies for a generalized “scissors, paper, and stone” game. American Mathematical Monthly, 99(10):935–942, 1992.

J. Hajdukovà. Coalition formation games: A survey. International Game Theory Review, 8(4):613–641, 2006.

J. A. Kroll, I. C. Davey, and E. W. Felten. The economics of Bitcoin mining, or Bitcoin in the presence of adversaries. In Proceedings of the 12th Workshop on the Economics of Information Security (WEIS 2013), 2013.

D. Monderer and L. S. Shapley. Potential games. Games and Economic Behavior, 14(1):124–143, 1996.

Other resources

  • Feedback guidelines (1) (2) [in addition to what is presented during the first meeting]


  • The seminar will be held in English (i.e., all presentations will have to be in English, too)


  • IN2107 (Master-Seminar in the Master program Informatik)

  • IN0014 (Seminar in the Bachelor programs Informatik, Wirtschaftsinformatik)

  • For all other programs: Please check first whether this seminar fits in your curriculum. For example, mathematics students should find it listed as a mathematics seminar, too.


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