Prof. Dr. Felix Brandt
Florian Brandl, M.Sc., Christian Stricker, M.Sc.
Seminar SS 2018
Economics and Computation
Content
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 should attend the overview meeting and have to send an application by email briefly describing their background (including relevant courses) and motivation (up to 250 words) as well as 25 papers they are interested in. Deadline for applications: January 28, 2018 (11:59pm). Students from computer science additionally have to use the matching system for indication of interest. Notifications will be sent out on February 1 (mathematics) and Februrary 21 (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 24, 13.00  14.00 , room 01.10.011 (slides)
 Wednesday, April 18, 13.00  14.00, room 01.10.036
Talks:
 Wednesday, May 9, 9.00  17.00, room 01.10.033
 Friday, June 8, 9.00  17.00, room 01.10.033
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
Practicalities

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

IN2107 (MasterSeminar 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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