Classes

Harvard, CS 234R

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2017

Markets are systems that allocate scarce resources to individuals, coordinate aggregate behavior and determine societal outcomes. Networks and crowds define the unique environments in which these systems run. The success or failure of a market depends both on the incentives of individual participants and on the structure of their relationships. 

In this course, we will discuss the underlying theory and analysis of markets for social and networked environments. Topics include the foundations of markets and auctions, as well as related current research directions. The theory...

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MIT 14.124

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2017
The topic of the class is information and contract theory. The purpose is to give an introduction to some of the main subjects in this field: decision making under uncertainty, risk sharing, moral hazard, adverse selection (screening), mechanism design, and incomplete contracting. 

MIT 6.853

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2017

How do you setup an auction to optimize revenue? How do you price cloud resources to optimize efficiency? More broadly, how do you solve an optimization problem when your inputs are supplied by strategic agents with a keen interest on your solution, and who may therefore misreport their inputs to manipulate the result? How do you inform all these answers when you have access to data?

This class, situated at the intersection of Algorithms, Game Theory and Machine Learning, will present an analytical and computational framework to approach optimization and inference problems of this...

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MIT 14.123

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2017

General equilibrium theory, a framework linking together micro and macroeconomics, and economic science. Covers Walrasian equilibrium (existence and computation, first and second welfare theorems); general implementation (the core, Nash bargaining, strategic market games); the representative consumer and Gorman aggregation; measurement and the organization of data; and calibration and econometric identification. Applications include uncertainty (risk sharing and financial markets); contracts and information economics; village economies and national development; models with money and credit...

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CS263: Systems Security

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2016

Modern computer systems provide rich functionality, but at a cost: these systems are incredibly complex, inevitably buggy, and often ill-specified. Such fragile, baroque systems are alluring targets for attackers, who wish to subvert those systems for financial gain, ideological reasons, or malicious entertainment. As a result, our operating systems, user-level applications, and distributed systems are constantly under attack.

CS 263 is a class about practical, systems-level security. CS 263 examines the common exploits that attackers use, and state-of-the-art...

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ECON 2020A: Microeconomic Theory I

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2016

A comprehensive course in economic theory designed for doctoral students in all parts of the university. Topics include consumption, production, behavior toward risk, markets, and general equilibrium theory. Also looks at applications to policy analysis, business decisions, industrial organization, finance, and the legal system.