LOFT 2016 at Maastricht University

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

Fifth EPICENTER Spring Course in Epistemic Game Theory 2018


June 25 – July 9, 2018

Maastricht University




Register: Please send an E-mail to Andrés Perea at  Please state clearly your university, type of student or position (bachelor-, master- or PhD-student, or researcher) and your background/field of expertise. The registration deadline is May 30, 2018.

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 May 30, 2018.

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:

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),  Stephan Jagau (University of Amsterdam), Niels Mourmans (Maastricht University), Andrés Perea (Maastricht University) and Elias Tsakas (Maastricht University)– all members of our EPICENTER.


Christian Bach

Christian Bach

Niels Mourmans

Niels Mourmans

Stephan Jagau

Stephan Jagau









Elias Tsakas

Elias Tsakas

Andrés Perea

Andrés Perea








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. Your grade will be based on the exam. But you are also free to participate without taking the exam.

Certificate: If you attend at least 20 out of 25 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, 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: . 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:



  Sessions will take place at Maastricht University

Tongersestraat 49A and Tongersestraat 53

Maastricht, The Netherlands

For the location on Google Maps, please click here.

For a map of the campus, please click here.

Lecture slides: 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: Correlation in games

Belief in opponents’ future rationality       Strong belief in opponents’ rationality



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