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John Harsanyi: 1994 Nobel Prize in Economic Science

Harsanyi with King of Sweden(Harsanyi receives the 1994 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences from
King Carl Gustav of Sweden.)

Haas economist John Harsanyi shared the 1994 Nobel Prize in economics with John Nash, Princeton, and Reinhard Selten, Bonn-Germany, for their contributions to game theory. Harsanyi taught at the Haas School from 1964-1990.

Harsanyi expressed hope that game theory would help private and public institutions make better decisions. In the long run, he explained, better decision making will lead to a higher standard of living and more peaceful and more cooperative political systems. Read more >

Books by John Harsanyi

  • Essays on Ethics, Social Behaviour and Scientific Explanation
  • Rational Behaviour and Bargaining Equilibrium in Games and Social Situations
  • A General Theory of Equilibrium Selection in Games

Books inspired by Harsanyi's work

  • Rational Interaction: Essays in Honor of John C. Harsanyiby Reinhard Selten
  • Game Theory, Experience, Rationality: Foundations of Social Sciences, Economics and Ethics in Honor of John C. Harsanyi by W. Leinfellner and Eckehart Köhler