## 506 Graduate Economic Theory Syllabusby Paulo Natenzon and David K. Levine |

This will be a lecture course. The two course requirements are a referee report and a paper. There will be 4-5 problems sets that you are strongly encouraged to do.

- Write an original research paper on an idea you have. The goal would be to provide a preliminary sketch of results, with the aim of finishing a complete paper during the second semester.
- Write a critical literature review. This should focus on a small number (two or three papers). You should try to analyze the goals of the research and whether these goals are accomplished. The aim is to try to find important or useful directions for additional research.

Be advised that this course is about economic theory (see the title) and will employ relatively advanced mathematics. This is not a required course, so if you do not like economic theory or you do not like mathematics, you should consider taking a different course. The purpose is not to give students a taste of theory (this was done in 503-504), but rather to prepare students to write dissertations in economic theory.

2. Fudenberg and Tirole, Game Theory, The MIT Press, 1991.

3. Topkis, Supermodularity and Complementarity, The Princeton University Press, 1998.

4. Mailath and Samuelson, Repeated Games and Reputations: Long-run Relationships, Oxford University Press, 2007.

5. Kreps, Notes on the Theory of Choice, Westview Press, 1988.