An Introduction to Game Theory

An Ashoka University online course for high-school students.


Ratul Lahkar

Course Dates

May 24-June 3


INR 12,000 + GST


6:00 – 7:30pm

About The Course

Game theory is the study of strategic decision making. It acquires relevance whenever multiple individuals are involved in a decision. Strategic thinking then acquires relevance. Individual decisions cannot be made without careful consideration of others’ actions. Game theory offers a framework for analyzing such decisions. We will study the fundamentals of game theory using examples and illustrations. Game theory has found its most widespread use in economics. But other disciplines like political science and biology also apply game theoretic thinking. We will consider some such applications. A profound implication of game theory is that despite best efforts, a society or a group of people can get trapped in a harmful outcome. Examples of such detrimental consequences include environmental pollution, arms race between countries and harmful price competition between firms. We will try to understand why such paradoxes emerge and attempt to understand how to overcome them.

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    Course Faculty

    Mahavir Jhawar

    Ratul Lahkar

    Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Ratul Lahkar is a Professor of Economics at Ashoka University. He received his masters in economics from the Delhi School of Economics and his PhD in economics from the University of Wisonsin-Madison in 2007. His primary research interest is in game theory with particular focus on evolutionary game theory. He has worked on both theoretical aspects of evolutionary games as well as applications in economics. He has published in leading journals in economic theory. Prior to joining Ashoka University, he has worked in IFMR Chennai and IIM Udaipur.

    Horizons Course Objectives

    Discover Your Interest and Aptitude

    Go Deep Into Specific Disciplines

    Learn with Amazing Peers from Schools across India

    Explore Unique Perspectives and Ideas

    Develop New Skills and Abilities

    Learning Support for the Course

    Mahima Mukhija

    Teaching Assistant
    Mahima Mukhija – Teaching Assistant
    “Mahima Mukhija is Ph.D. candidate at Ashoka University. She received her masters in economics in 2019 from the Delhi School of Economics. Her primary research interest is in Applied Microeconomics, particularly Economics of Information and Behavioral Economics.
    She was a teaching assistant for Foundational Game Theory course for economics masters students (2022-2023 batch) at Ashoka University. Her love for economics, learning new things and sharing knowledge with students keeps her motivated and energetic everyday. In her free time, she likes to watch shows, listen to music and sing along.”