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Moshe Hoffman

Moshe Hoffman is a Research Scientist & Lecturer at Harvard's Program for Evolutionary Dynamics

Moshe applies game theory, evolutionary models, and experimental methods, to try to decipher the (sometimes subtle) incentives that shape our quirky tastes and ideologies (see his tweets for many examples, see his research statement for a justification of this approach, & see this list of 5 big picture questions that drive him).  

Moshe obtained his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business and his B.S. in Economics from the University of Chicago.

He, along with Erez Yoeli, designed and teach   "Game Theory and Social Behavior" & "Understanding Altruism." He previously has taught Quantitative Methods in Business, Principles of Microeconomics, and Game Theory. 

Select Publications (Related to current research agenda, as described above)

  • "Why We Obscure Positive Traits and Good Deeds," Moshe Hoffman, Christian Hilbe, Marin Nowak, R&R at Nature Human behavior 
  • "Third-Party Punishment as a Costly Signal of Trustworthiness," Jillian Jordan, Moshe Hoffman, Paul Bloom, Dave Rand. Nature (2016)
  • Related Op-Ed, New Tork Times, Jillian Jordan Paul Bloom, Moshe Hoffman, and Dave Rand
  • "Game Theory & Morality" in The Evolution of Morality, Moshe Hoffman, Erez Yoeli and C. D. Navarette (2015). 
  • Related satirical piece, mocking the inefficiencies in our moral intuitions, published in EDGE's Annual Question Series: "What to Think about Machines that Think"
  • Related letter in The Economist on how game theory applies beyond 
  • Conscious/strategic settings
  • "Cooperating without looking: Why we care what people think and not just what they do," Moshe Hoffman, Erez Yoeli, and Martin Nowak. PNAS (2015).
  • Related Op-ed
    Media Coverage

    Older Publications (Less related to current research agenda, as described above)

    (Old) Working Papers:
    • Video presentation at UCLA Center for Behavior, Evolution, and Culture 
    • Related op-ed with Erez Yoeli published in the University of California, San Diego Rady School of Management Business Journal: 
    • "Evolutionary Dynamics of Costly Signals" Moshe Hoffman, Alex Peysakovitch, Carl Veller, Matthijs van Veelen, and Martin Nowak
      • Video and Slides presentation, UCLA Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics


    Program for Evolutionary Dynamics
    Harvard University
    One Brattle Square, suite 6
    Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138-3758

    Phone: 323-791-0626