Pedagogical Resources

Here are a few links to pedagogical resources about our free games:

Industrial Organization game: Price discrimination, vertical differentiation and peak-load pricing

Players take price and quantity decisions for an airline on a given route against a robot competitor. Illustrates notions such as marginal cost/average cost, variable cost/fixed cost, sunk cost, short-run/long-run cost, price discrimination (yield management), elasticity of demand, peak-load pricing… And eventually, players must choose whether or not to use vertical differentiation to soften competition.

5 short markets games

The 5 market games can be played on their own or one after the other. They are useful to introduce microeconomics notions such as sunk costs, fixed avoidale costs, marginal vs average costs, marginal revenue, monopoly and oligopoly, capacity constraints, the logic behind competition and the prisoner’s dilemma, collusion, cost pass-through, opportunity costs, short-run and long-run costs, capacity constraints, price competition and quantity precommitment… The last game also introduces simple environmental policies.

  • Suggestions can be found in this Instructor’s Guide.
  • Demand is the same in all of the games and is proportional to the number of players on the markets: Demand data.
  • You can play a demo of the game on fixed costs and capacity constraints on the landing page of the site (orange button on the left). There is also another demo for the game introducing environmental policies.
  • One page explaining the structure of this game and possible theoretical debriefings.
  • Rules and presentation of the game on environmental policies and price competition with quantity precommitment.

A n-player Chicken Game

For a project to succeed, a particularly painful task must be undertaken by at least one member of a team. Team members simultaneously choose whether or not to undertake the task. If players behave according to the symetric mixed-strategy nash equilibrium of the game, the more players in the team, the less often the project succeeds.

Asymmetric Matching Pennies Game

A repeated Asymetric Zero-Sum Game which is good introduction to Mixed Strategy Nash Equilibria (this game often captures students’ attention, since while it may seem quite fair, it is in fact highly biased).

One page explaining the structure of this game and possible theoretical debriefings.

Other games, screenshots

.. And also cournot, stackelberg, a “battle of the sexes” and an entry game.

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And eventually, a few screenshots debriefing some of our games on our pinterest account.


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