Hidden Games: The Surprising Power of Game Theory to Explain Irrational Human Behavior
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 2022
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Two MIT economists show how game theory—the ultimate theory of rationality—explains irrational behavior
We like to think of ourselves as rational. This idea is the foundation for classical economic analysis of human behavior, including the awesome achievements of game theory. But as behavior...
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Number of Pages: 368
ISBN: 1541619471
ISBN13: 9781541619470
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Just finished up chatting with @erezyoeli and @Moshe_Hoffman about their phenomenal new book Hidden Games: The Surprising Power of Game Theory to Explain Irrational Human Behavior Grab a copy if you haven't yet and stay tuned for the episode!
Agree! I also felt it goes well with Hidden Games, which is also a favorite of this year (but already read by Nicole).

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Two MIT economists show how game theory—the ultimate theory of rationality—explains irrational behavior
We like to think of ourselves as rational. This idea is the foundation for classical economic analysis of human behavior, including the awesome achievements of game theory. But as behavioral economics shows, most behavior doesn’t seem rational at all—which, unfortunately, casts doubt on game theory’s realworld credibility.
In Hidden Games, Moshe Hoffman and Erez Yoeli find a surprising middle ground between the hyperrationality of classical economics and the hyperirrationality of behavioral economics. They call it hidden games. Reviving game theory, Hoffman and Yoeli use it to explain our most puzzling behavior, from the mechanics of Stockholm syndrome and internalized misogyny to why we help strangers and have a sense of fairness.
Fun and powerfully insightful, Hidden Games is an eyeopening argument for using game theory to explain all the irrational things we think, feel, and do.