A wealth of research in recent decades has seen the economic approach to human behavior extended over many areas previously considered to belong to sociology, political science, law, and other fields. Research has also shown that economics can provide insight into many aspects of sports, including soccer. Beautiful Game Theory is the first book that uses soccer to test economic theories and document novel human behavior.
In this brilliant and entertaining book, Ignacio Palacios-Huerta illuminates economics through the world's most popular sport. He offers unique and often startling insights into game theory and microeconomics, covering topics such as mixed strategies, discrimination, incentives, and human preferences. He also looks at finance, experimental economics, behavioral economics, and neuroeconomics. Soccer provides rich data sets and environments that shed light on universal economic principles in interesting and useful ways.
Essential reading for students, researchers, and sports enthusiasts, Beautiful Game Theory is the first book to show what soccer can do for economics.
|Publisher:||Princeton University Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
Ignacio Palacios-Huerta is professor of management, economics, and strategy at the London School of Economics, and head of talent identification at Athletic Club de Bilbao, a professional soccer club in Spain.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1FIRST HALF1.Pelé Meets John von Neumann in the Penalty Area 92.Vernon Smith Meets Messi in the Laboratory 313.Lessons for Experimental Design 454.Mapping Minimax in the Brain (with Antonio Olivero, Sven Bestmann, Jose Florensa Vila, and Jose Apesteguia) 585.Psychological Pressure on the Field and Elsewhere 68HALFTIME6.Scoring at Halftime 89SECOND HALF7.Favoritism under Social Pressure 1078.Making the Beautiful Game a Bit Less Beautiful (with Luis Garicano) 124 9.Fear Pitch 15110.From Argentina without Emotions 16411.Discrimination: From the Makana Football Association to Europe 174Acknowledgments 193References 195Index 205