John Harsanyi


John Charles Harsanyi was a Hungarian-American economist.

John Harsanyi

What is ‘John Harsanyi’

An economist who won the Nobel Memorial Prize in 1994 along with John Nash and Reinhard Selten for his research on game theory, a mathematical system for predicting the outcomes of competitions and conflicts. Harsanyi is also noted for his contributions to moral philosophy.

Explaining ‘John Harsanyi’

Born in 1920 in Budapest, Harsanyi escaped first the Nazis and then communist Hungary to end up in Australia before coming to the United States. Having already earned a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Budapest, he went on to earn another Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University and became a professor at the University of California, Berkeley.

Further Reading

  • Equilibrium in strategic interaction: the contributions of John C. Harsanyi, John F. Nash and Reinhard Selten – [PDF]
  • Can Financial Engineering Cure Cancer – [PDF]
  • A Nobel Prize for game theorists: the contributions of Harsanyi, Nash and Selten – [PDF]
  • Equality, responsibility, and justice as seen from a utilitarian perspective – [PDF]
  • Linking strategic interaction and bargaining theory: The harsanyi-schelling debate on the axiom of symmetry – [PDF]
  • On the contributions of John C. Harsanyi, John F. Nash and Reinhard Selten – [PDF]
  • N. Scott Arnold is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Ala-bama at Birmingham. He has published articles on ethics and economics in the – [PDF]