Our research center for Epistemic Game Theory is located at Maastricht University

EPICENTER Spring Course in Epistemic Game Theory 2019

Sixth EPICENTER Spring Course in Epistemic Game Theory 2019


July 1 – July 15, 2019

Maastricht University




Register: Please register online by clicking here. The registration deadline is June 1st, 2019.

Registration fee: The registration fee is 80 euros. Please transfer 80 euros, mentioning “EGT course” and your name, to:

Maastricht University

IBAN: NL05 INGB 0657 6187 05, SWIFT (or BIC) code: INGBNL2A

Bank address: ING Bank, Oost-Brabant BB, Schimmelt 36, 5611 ZX Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Beneficiary address: Maastricht University, P.O. Box 616, 6200 MD Maastricht, The Netherlands

Please mention clearly “EGT course” and your name.  Otherwise we cannot trace your payment! The fee has to be paid before June 1st, 2019.

Without the payment of the course fee, your registration is not complete.

Scholarships: We will offer 15 scholarships of 400 euros each, so that students can finance (a large part of) their stay in Maastricht during the course. You can apply for a scholarship on the online registration form. You will only be eligible for a scholarship if:

  • you are a master or PhD student from outside Maastricht University
  • you rent a room during the whole course
  • you attend at least 20 out of 26 sessions
  • you participate in the exam, and
  • you pass the exam (score at least a 5.5 out of 10).

Of these students, the first 15 students that have registered will receive a scholarship. Hence, the earlier you register, the higher the chance that you will obtain a scholarship. The payment of this scholarship will be after the course. 

Purpose of this course: The EPICENTER, our research center on Epistemic Game Theory at Maastricht University, offers this two-week intensive course as an introduction to the blooming field of Epistemic Game Theory. This field takes a new, fresh approach to game theory, and studies how people reason in game theoretic situations before they eventually make a choice. More precisely, it explores how we reason about the minds of others before we make a choice. Hence, the reasoning of people like you and me is at the center stage of epistemic game theory. For more information about our EPICENTER, please visit our website: http://www.epicenter.name/

Audience: The course is primarily meant for advanced bachelor students, master students and PhD students all over the world, but researchers are also very welcome.

Instructors: The instructors for this course are Christian Bach (University of Liverpool),  Shuige Liu (Waseda University, Japan) Niels Mourmans (Maastricht University), Andrés Perea (Maastricht University) and Elias Tsakas (Maastricht University)– all members of our EPICENTER.

Christian Bach

Shuige Liu

Niels Mourmans






Andrés Perea

Elias Tsakas









Literature: The course will be based on the textbook Epistemic Game Theory: Reasoning and Choice by Andrés Perea (Cambridge University Press, 2012).


If you would like to order the book, please click here.   It is highly recommended to purchase this book for the course, as most lectures, and all exercise sessions, will be based on the book.

Organization of the course: The course stretches over 11 days, of which the last day consists of a written exam. Typically, a day consists of two theory lectures, and one exercise session. where the two theory lectures cover one chapter from the book “Epistemic Game Theory: Reasoning and Choice”. In the exercise sessions we will discuss some problems from the book which you should prepare the day before. On day 3 and 7 of the course we will offer some theory lectures on more advanced topics, which are not included in the book. On the last Friday, we will discuss the exam from last year. Your grade will be based on the exam. To pass the exam, you must score at least a 5.5 out of 10. But you are also free to participate without taking the exam.

Certificate: If you attend at least 20 out of 26 sessions, you will receive an official certificate stating that you successfully followed the course. The certificate also states that the workload is 200 hours, which corresponds to 6.5 ECTS. If you successfully take the exam, by scoring at least a 5.5 out of 10, you will receive a special certificate which states that you also took the exam, and it specifies the grade you obtained for the exam. At your home university, this should normally be sufficient to obtain 6.5 ECTS for following the course.

Housing: If you would like to rent a room in Maastricht at a reasonable price during these two weeks, please visit: https://www.maastrichthousing.com/ . They offer rooms / apartments at a very reasonable price per day.

Previous editions: If you want to see some pictures from previous editions, and want to know which students participated and where they came from, please click here

Questions? If you have further questions, please send an E-mail to Andrés Perea at: course@epicenter.name

Slides of theory lectures

Common belief in rationality    Simple belief hierarchies

Advanced Topics I+II: Universal Type Space

Primary belief in the opponent’s rationality      Respecting the opponent’s preferences

Assuming the opponent’s rationality

Advanced Topics III+IV: Psychological games

Belief in future rationality    Strong belief in rationality

Slides of exercise sessions

Common belief in rationality    Simple belief hierarchies

Primary belief in the opponent’s rationality    Respecting the opponent’s preferences

Assuming the opponent’s rationality

Belief in future rationality   Strong belief in rationality

Previous exams

Exam 2016   Exam 2017   Exam 2018


  Sessions will take place at Maastricht University

School of Business and Economics

Tongersestraat 53

Maastricht, The Netherlands



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