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November 8, 2022


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Networks are ubiquitous in our modern society.

The World Wide Web that links us to the rest of the world is the most visible example. But it is only one of many networks in which we are situated. Our social life is organized around networks of friends and colleagues. These networks determine our information, influence our opinions, and shape our political attitudes. They also link us, often through weak but important ties, to everybody else in the United States and in the world.

This course will introduce the tools for the study of networks. It will show how certain common principles permeate the functioning of these diverse networks and how the same issues related to robustness, fragility, and interlinkages arise in many different types of networks.

Course Curriculum

  • Introduction to Social and Economic Networks Unlimited
  • Graph Theory and Social Networks Unlimited
  • Eigenvector Centrality Measures Unlimited
  • Production Networks Unlimited
  • The DeGroot Learning Model Unlimited
  • Network Formation: Static Models Unlimited
  • Network Formation: Dynamic Models and Preferential Attachment Unlimited
  • Diffusion through Networks and Societies Unlimited
  • Strategic Aspects of Diffusion and Contagion Unlimited
  • Game Theory I: Static Games with Complete Information Unlimited
  • Network Traffic, Congestion, and Potential Games Unlimited
  • Network Effects in Markets and Games Unlimited
  • Competitive Pricing in Networks Unlimited
  • Bargaining and Intermediation in Networks Unlimited
  • Cooperation in Repeated Games, Communities, and Networks Unlimited
  • Auctions and Incomplete Information Unlimited
  • Information Aggregation and the Wisdom of Crowds Unlimited
  • Observational Learning and Herd Behavior Unlimited

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology