Moshe Hoffman is a Research Scientist at the MIT Media Lab Human Dynamics Group and Lecturer at Harvard's Department of Economics.
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.
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.
"Why We Obscure Positive Traits and Good Deeds," Moshe Hoffman, Christian Hilbe, Marin Nowak, R&R at Nature Human behavior
"Hamilton's Rule" Matthijs van Veelen, Ben Allen, Moshe Hoffman, Burt Simons, Carl Veller, Journal of Theoretically biology (2016)
- Nice summary in Science.
"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
- Video Presentation (Part 1, Part 2)
- Summary in Boston Globe, Harvard Gazette
- 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)
"Common Knowledge and State-dependent Equilibria" Nuh Aygun Dalkiran, Moshe Hoffman, Ramamohan Paturi, Daniel Ricketts, and Andrea Vattani. Published in Proceedings of Symposium on Algorithmic Game Theory (2012).