Hoffman, Moshe

Hidden games : the surprising power of game theory to explain irrational human behavior - London : Basic Books, 2022 - v, 360 p. ; ill., 23 cm

Includes bibliographical references and index.

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 real-world credibility. In Hidden Games, Moshe Hoffman and Erez Yoeli find a surprising middle ground between the hyperrationality of classical economics and the hyper-irrationality 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 eye-opening argument for using game theory to explain all the irrational things we think, feel, and do.


Human behavior
Coordination game
Costly signaling
Dictator game
Grim trigger
Hawk-dove game
Nash equilibrium
Primary rewards
Risk dominant
Sex ratio
Stockholm syndrome
Sun spot
Uncorrelated asymmetries

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