Controversies in Game Theory I - Workshop

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Explaining and predicting the behavior of humans is one of the core puzzles of science. Explaining human behavior is particularly difficult when the outcomes of a decision do not only depend on the behavior of the decision maker but also on the behavior of others. Examples are abound, ranging from family and work life, to financial markets, to international relations. In these settings, decision makers do not only consider their own interests but also predict the behavior of their interaction partners.

The most powerful theory that deals with these kind of problems is game theory. The mini-course `Controversies in Game Theory: Homo Oeconomicus versus Homo Socialis' provides an in-depth introduction to issues in game theory. In particular, the course will focus on the recent debate about own-regarding and other-regarding preferences. The course integrates theory and empirical research from sociology, economics, physics, and biology. The course will cover contributions in theoretical, experimental, evolutionary and cooperative game theory, and is concluded with a `master class' on current research directions.

Motivated students, graduate and researchers are invited to follow the course, attend the final-day master class, and join the debate!

All Controversies in Game Theory bloc courses and workshops:


Organizing Committee

Dirk Helbing (ETH Zürich)
Heinrich Nax (ETH Zürich)
Michael Mäs (ETH Zürich)


The workshop is now open to external guests. Please send a brief email to register with your name, position and affiliation to the .

Note: ETH Zurich and University of Zurich students are particularly encouraged to participate in both the Block Course and the Workshop. Please register via mystudies (UZH students will be able to register as special students there starting August 1st 2014).


The first four days of the workshop from Sept. 8 to 11 are organized as a block course with three lectures each day from 9 to 12 am. For details please visit the course website.

The panel sessions take place on Friday Sept. 12 from 9 to 12 am and from 2 to 5 pm. The conference schedule may be found below.

Date Time Presenter Title
Dirk Helbing
Introduction to the course. (PDF, 47.2 MB)
Herbert Gintis
Anatomy of Other-Regarding Behavior: Private Selves, Public Selves, Character Virtues, and Categorial Imperatives (PDF, 139 KB).
Bruno Frey
Beyond Standard Behavioral Economics (PDF, 240 KB).
Heiko Rauhut
Models of Reciprocity for Homo Oeconomicus and Homo Socialis (PDF, 612 KB).
Ryan Murphy
Social Value Orientation: Theoretical and Measurement Issues in the Study of Social Preferences. (PDF, 918 KB)
Andreas Diekmann
Norm Violations and the Second-order Free Rider Dilemma. Strategic Motives Versus Altruistic Punishment. (PDF, 3.7 MB)
Dirk Helbing
How Natural Selection Can Create Both Self- and Other-regarding Preferences, and Networked Minds. (PDF, 596 KB)
Heinrich Nax
Evolution of Cooperative Behavior under Meritocratic Matching. (PDF, 811 KB)
Herbert Gintis
Homo Socialis: An Analytical Core for Sociological Theory. (PDF, 316 KB)
Urs Fischbacher
Theory and Evidence on the Assessment of Intention and Responsibility I (PDF, 158 KB).
Urs Fischbacher
Theory and Evidence on the Assessment of Intention and Responsibility II (PDF, 158 KB).
Michael Mäs
Experiments on Unintended Consequences of Rational Behavior (PDF, 3.4 MB).
12.09. 09.00-12.00
Workshop Panel leader: Urs Fischbacher
Panel participants: Ryan Murphy, Daniel Chen, Michael Mäs, Heiko Rauhut

09:00 Daniel Chen presents (article (PDF, 1.6 MB))
09:45 Michael Mäs discusses Daniel Chen
10:00 break
10:10 Heiko Rauhut presents (article (PDF, 1.1 MB))
10:50 break
11:00 Panel: Other-regarding preferences; stylized facts & open questions
12:00 lunch
  14.00-17.00 Workshop Panel leader: Dirk Helbing
Panel participants: Alexandros Rigos, Heinrich Nax, Herb Gintis

14:00 Alexandros Rigos presents and discusses "Grund et al." (slides (PDF, 918 KB), discussion (PDF, 124 KB))
14:45 Heinrich Nax discusses assortative/ meritocratic matching (slides (PDF, 167 KB))
15:00 break
15:10 Gintis on "A cooperative species" (slides (PPT, 1.3 MB))
15:50 break
16:00 Panel: Evolution of social preferences; stylized facts & open questions

Note: Due to the high number of registrations, there have been some last-minute scheduling changes so all lectures are now in room LFO C 13 for the whole workshop (i.e. all sessions from IFW C 33 have been moved there).

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