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). "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)
- New York Times, Erez Yoeli, Moshe Hoffman, and Dave Rand
- "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).
Older Publications (Less related to current research agenda, as described above)
- "An experimental investigation of evolutionary dynamics in the Rock-Paper-Scissors game," Moshe Hoffman, Sigrid Suetens, Martin Nowak, and Uri Gneezy. Scientific Reports (2015)
- Jealousy Graphs: Structure and Complexity of Decentralized Stable Matching," Moshe Hoffman, Daniel Moeller, and Ramamohan Paturi, Published in Proceedings of the 9th Workshop on Internet Network Economics (2013)
- "Stakes Matter in Ultimatum Games," Steffen Andersen, Seda Ertac, Uri Gneezy, Moshe Hoffman, and John A. List. Published in American Economic Review (2011).
- "Nurture Affects Gender Differences in Spatial Abilities," Moshe Hoffman, Uri Gneezy, and John A. List. Published in PNAS (2011).
- "Reply to Bailey et al. and Daly: Indigenous societies enable identification of nurture but require nonstandard measures" Moshe Hoffman, Uri Gneezy, and John A. List. Published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2011).
- "Economic Game Theory for Mutualism and Cooperation," Marco Archetti, Istvan Scheuring, Moshe Hoffman, Megan E. Frederickson, Naomi E. Pierce and Douglas W. Yu. Published in Ecology Letters(Dec 2011).
- "Taboos and Identity: Considering the Unthinkable," Chaim Fershtman, Moshe Hoffman, and Uri Gneezy. Published in AEJ Micro(2011).
- "Androgens and Competitiveness in Men," Coren L. Apicella, Anna Dreber, Peter Gray, Moshe Hoffman, Anthony C. Little and Benjamin Campbell. Published in Journal of Neuroscience, Psychology and Economics
- "Testosterone and Financial Risk Preferences" Coren L. Apicella, Anna Dreber, Benjamin Campbell, Peter Gray, Moshe Hoffman, and Anthony C. Little. Published in Evolution and Human Behavior (2008).
Slideshow and Audio from the Association for Women in Science (AWIS)
Response to Commentary (1, 2):
(Old) Working Papers:
- "Evidence for an Evolutionary basis for Sex Differences in Risk Preferences," Moshe Hoffman, Erez Yoeli and Jillian Jordan