Game Change #276

August 01, 2014

This week we're looking at the math and science of business decisions. We'll speak to David McAdams, Duke University Professor of Business Administration and Economics, about his book "Game-Changer: Game Theory and the Art of Transforming Strategic Situations." And we'll talk to Vassar College Economics Professor Benjamin Ho about his economic analysis of apologies.


  • David McAdams
  • Ben Ho
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Guest Bios

David McAdams

David is a Professor of Economics and Professor of Business Administration at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. Before joining the faculty at Duke, he was Associate Professor of Applied Economics at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and has worked as Special Assistant to the Director at the Bureau of Economics in the Federal Trade Commission. His primary research interests are microeconomic theory and game theory, with a special focus on strategic interactions between buyers and sellers, and his work has been published in leading economics journals. He's also the author of the book "Game Changer: Game Theory and the Art of Transforming Strategic Situations".

Ben Ho

Ben Ho is a behavioral economist who uses economic tools like game theory and experiments to understand social systems such as apologies, identity, and climate concerns. Currently an assistant professor at Vassar College, he has also taught at Columbia and Cornell. His PhD in Economics is from Stanford GSB, and holds Masters degrees in Computer Science, Political Science and Comparative Education from MIT and Stanford. Professor Ho was lead energy economist at the White House Council of Economic Advisers, and has worked and consulted for Morgan Stanley and several tech startups.