Game theory in the popular press.


Game theory and economics in the news

October 1, 2003 eWeek, Zeroing in on site and security flaws
Computer system security is not simply a probabilistic exercise since hackers are strategic actors. Game theoretic thought is required.
November 17, 2002 San Francisco Chronicle, Key Enron energy trader excelled at power game
Timothy Belden, at the center of the Enron scandal, studied game theory at Berkeley.
November 5, 2002 New York Times, Departing Chief Says I.R.S. Is Losing War on Tax Cheats
Auditing tax payers requires mixed strategies but greater enforcement costs require proportionally greater funding.
October 23, 2002 Slate, Should we pay off the sniper?
Payoffs may encourage copy-cats, a moral hazard but may be worth considering if the threat is sufficiently credible
February 1, 2001 ABC News, Coins and Confused Eyewitnesses
Bayes Rule suggests that it is likely that an eye witness picks the wrong person.
June 1, 2000 New York Times, Managing online security risks
Proper assignment of liability creates the incentives for those best able to manage risk to do so.
April 19, 1997 New Scientist, Game theory backs crackdown on petty crime
Zero-tolerance policing is a game of chicken between cops and sociopaths.