Moshe Hoffman is a Research Scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology and Lecturer at Harvard's Department of Economics.
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.
Moshe applies game theory, models of learning and evolution, and experimental methods, to try to decipher the (often subconscious) motives that shape our social behavior, preferences, and ideologies.
Working Papers (feedback welcome):
"Incentivizing Giving Increases Empathy" Bethany Burum, Moshe Hoffman, Dave Rand
"Probelms with Proximate Explanations" Moshe Hoffman, Bethany Burum, Erez Yoeli
"A Reputation Based Account of Principled Behavior" Manvir Singh, Moshe Hoffman
"Coordinated Enforcement" Moshe Hoffman, N. Aygun Dalkiran, Henrik Sigstad, Erez Yoeli
"Why norms are categorical" Moshe Hoffman, Erez Yoeli, Aygun Dalkiran, Martin Nowak
"An Evolutionary Explanation for Ineffective Altruism" Bethany Burum, Martin Nowak, Moshe Hoffman (Appendix), Nature Human Behavior (2020)
"Why We Obscure Positive Traits and Good Deeds," Moshe Hoffman, Christian Hilbe, Marin Nowak, Nature Human Behavior (2018)
"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
"Cooperating without looking: Why we care what people think and not just what they do," Moshe Hoffman, Erez Yoeli, and Martin Nowak. PNAS (2015).
Appendix with proofs and computer simulations
Nytimes piece applying this model to explain heroism.
Related model that does not use repeated games, with Christian Hilbe and Martin Nowak, in Games (2015)
Related experimental paper, with Jillian Jordan, Martin Nowak, and Dave Rand, PNAS (2016)
"Harnessing Reciprocity to Promote Cooperation and the Provisioning of Public Goods," Dave Rand, Erez Yoeli, and Moshe Hoffman. Policy Insights from Behavioral and Brain Sciences (2015).
"Powering Up with Indirect Reciprocity in a Large-Scale Field Experiment," Erez Yoeli, Moshe Hoffman, David G. Rand, Martin A. Nowak. Published in PNAS (2013)