Using Squid Game to Teach Game Theory

21 Pages Posted: 22 Dec 2021 Last revised: 28 Jan 2022

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Wayne Geerling

University of Texas at Austin

Kristofer Nagy

Monash University

Elaine Rhee

University of Arizona

Nicola Thomas

Charles Sturt University

Jadrian Wooten

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Date Written: December 20, 2021

Abstract

This paper uses Netflix’s dystopian Korean-language drama series Squid Game (2021) to illustrate an active-learning technique to support the teaching of game theory in undergraduate courses. The series is chosen as it uses different games which the characters have to engage with as part of the narrative. Geerling, Mateer and Addler (2020) show that using popular films in class is an effective way to introduce and motivate the deeper learning of core game theory concepts. We build on this work by providing instructors with a menu of short scenarios and fully developed teaching guides, from which they can freely select and adapt to their particular needs. These resources provide summaries of the scenes, links to the clips, key concepts, and assessment questions. This teaching material is suitable for use in both principles-level courses, where game theory is first introduced, and advanced-level courses.

Keywords: active learning, game theory, inclusive teaching, media, popular culture, teaching economics, technology

JEL Classification: A20, A22

Suggested Citation

Geerling, Wayne and Nagy, Kristofer and Rhee, Elaine and Thomas, Nicola and Wooten, Jadrian, Using Squid Game to Teach Game Theory (December 20, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3990316 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3990316

Wayne Geerling (Contact Author)

University of Texas at Austin ( email )

Department of Economics
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Kristofer Nagy

Monash University ( email )

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Elaine Rhee

University of Arizona ( email )

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Nicola Thomas

Charles Sturt University ( email )

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Jadrian Wooten

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University ( email )

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Blacksburg, VA 24060
United States

HOME PAGE: http://JadrianWooten.com

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