Law: Game Theory

March 18, 2008

I’m so tired of every course in every law school class feeling the need to bring in game theory.  I have done that stupid 2×2 Prisoner’s game square 4 times this year.  That means that half my courseshave done the same stupid analysis.  This is not to mention the fact that about half of my undergraduate classes discussed the same game.  Seriously, we all know this.  We may have even seen this in high school. 

 I get that this is a big deal, but seriously, once you learn it once, you know it.  Just say “this is like the prisoner’s dilema in X,Y, and Z ways”. 

Saying something is “game theory” doesn’t make it empirical.  There are some interesting/empirical parts to game theory, but these aren’t them. 


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