I am teaching MECN 430-0 in the Spring 2016, section 71.
I taught KPPI 440-A in the Fall 2014, sections 71/72.
Dates for Fall 2014:
Section 71: October 3-4, 10-11.
Section 72: November 7-8, 14-15.
I am teaching this class in Spring 2015. This course is about collective decision-making, both on the micro level (how people aggregate information or preferences through voting) and on the big picture level (how societies choose institutions to live under). We first overview some classical results from social choice, and find limitations of the cooperative approach. We then look at models of strategic behavior in collective decision-making, voting over binary agendas, and models of legislative bargaining. The next big topic is elections, where we plan to talk about all aspects – decisions whether and how to vote, whether to run, and how to campaign. The last big topic is institutions. We will talk about revolutions and coup d’états, how countries democratize, when and why. Ultimately, we will study models of forward-looking behavior in collective decision-making and dynamics of institutions.