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Reinhard Selten

Born: 5-Oct-1930
Birthplace: Wroclaw, Poland

Gender: Male
Religion: Agnostic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Economist, Mathematician

Nationality: Germany
Executive summary: Game theory

For their pioneering work in game theory, Reinhard Selten, John C. Harsanyi, and John Nash shared the 1994 Nobel Prize in Economics. Game theory is a system for using mathematics to predict the outcome of competitive games like chess or poker, which can also be applied to political and economic conflicts such as labor negotiations, business competition, international political tensions, etc.

Father: (librarian, d. 1942)
Wife: Elisabeth Langreiner (m. 1959)

    High School: Melsungen Gymnasium, Melsungen, Germany (1951)
    University: BA Mathematics, University of Frankfurt (1955)
    University: MS Economics, University of Frankfurt (1957)
    Teacher: Economics, University of Frankfurt (1957-67)
    University: PhD Mathematics, University of Frankfurt (1961)
    Professor: Economics, UC Berkeley (1967-68)
    Professor: Economics, University of Berlin (1969-72)
    Professor: Mathematical Economics, Bielefeld University (1972-84, 1987-88)
    Professor: Economics, University of Bonn (1984-)

    Nobel Prize for Economics 1994 (with John C. Harsanyi and John Nash)
    Esperanto speakers
    Risk Factors: Diabetes

Author of books:
A General Theory of Equilibrium Selection in Games (1988, with John C. Harsanyi)
Models of Strategic Rationality (1988)
Game Equilibrium Models (1991)
Game Theory and Economic Behaviour (1999)
Human Behaviour and Traffic Networks (2004, with Michael Schreckenberg)
Economics Lab: An Intensive Course in Experimental Economics (2004, with Daniel Friedman and Alessandra Cassar)


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