Benny Moldovanu, Axel Ockenfels, 14 September 2016

Reinhard Selten, co-recipient of the 1994 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, passed away in August. This column outlines the intellectual life and career of a pioneering analyst of strategic interaction of both fully rational players (game theory) and real human beings with ‘bounded rationality’ (experimental economics). Selten called himself a ‘methodological dualist’, making a sharp distinction between normative game theory and descriptive theories of social and economic interaction. Nobody else has made such substantial and important contributions to both lines of research.

Leigh Caldwell, 21 January 2009

This column argues responses to the recession should not be based on unrealistic expectations of rational behaviour. It argues that models of bounded rationality provide reasons that traditional macroeconomic policy responses may fall short and suggests more sophisticated solutions that could break the crisis’s psychological hold on markets.


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