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Jane Austen, Game Theorist

Michael Suk-Young Chwe


Game theory—the study of how people make choices while interacting with others—is one of the most popular technical approaches in social science today. But as this book reveals, Jane Austen explored game theory's core ideas in her six novels roughly 200 years ago—over a century before its mathematical development during the Cold War. The book shows how this beloved writer theorized choice and preferences, prized strategic thinking, and analyzed why superiors are often strategically clueless about inferiors. Exploring a diverse range of literature and folktales, this book illustrates the wide r ... More

Keywords: game theory, Cold War, Jane Austen, choice, preferences, literature, folktales, strategic thinking

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780691162447
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691162447.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Suk-Young Chwe, author
University of California, Los Angeles