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Itzhak GILBOA

Professor

Economics and Decision Sciences

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Biography

Itzhak Gilboa studied Mathematics and Computer Science (BSc, 1982) and Economics (BA, 1982, MA, 1984, Ph.D., 1987) at Tel Aviv University, with the graduate studies under the supervision of David Schmeidler.

He works in decision theory and other fields in economic theory such as game theory and social choice. His main research areas are decision under uncertainty, focusing on the definition of probability, notions of rationality, non-Bayesian decision models, and related issues.

He has been teaching a variety of courses on microeconomics, decision theory, game theory, psychology and economics, and related fields, at the undergraduate, graduate, and MBA levels.

He is the author of severel books such as Analogies and Theories: Formal Models of Reasoning, Oxford University Press, 2015 ; Theory of Decision under Uncertainty, Cambridge University Press, 2009 ; Rational Choice, MIT Press, 2010 and  Making Better Decisions, Wiley-Blackwell, 2010.

His recent research papers are published in prestigious scientific journals such as American Economic Review, Games and Economic Behavior, Annual Reviews in Economics, BE Journals in Theoretical Economics, Econometrica, Economics and Philosophy, Journal of Economic Theory, Journal of Economic Perspectives, Mathematical Social Sciences, Review of Economics and Statistics, The Journal of Econometrics.

Itzhak Gilboa is also the holder of the AXA Chair in Decision Sciences

 

Scientific articles

Perception‐Theoretic Foundations of Weighted Utilitarianism

Economic Journal, 2019, vol. 129, n° 620, pp 1511-1528, (in coll. with R. ARGENZIANO)

What are axiomatizations good for?

Theory and Decision, May 2019, vol. 86, pp 339–359, (in coll. with A. POSTLEWAITE, L. SAMUELSON, D. SCHMEIDLER)

Rational status quo

Journal of Economic Theory, May 2019, vol. 181, pp 289-308, (in coll. with F. WANG)

Second-Order Induction in Prediction Problems

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS), May 2019, vol. 116, n° 21, pp 10323-10328, (in coll. with R. ARGENZIANO)

Economics: Between prediction and criticism

International Economic Review, May 2018, vol. 59, n° 2, pp 367-390, (in coll. with A. POSTLEWAITE, L. SAMUELSON, D. SCHMEIDLER)

Decision Theory Made Relevant: Between the Software and the Shrink

Research in Economics, June 2018, vol. 72, n° 2, pp 240-250, (in coll. with M. ROUZIOU, O. SIBONY)

Psychophysical foundations of the Cobb–Douglas utility function

Economics Letters, aout 2017, vol. 157, pp 21-23, (in coll. with R. ARGENZIANO)

Memorable Consumption

Journal of Economic Theory, September 2016, vol. 165, pp 414–455, (in coll. with A. POSTLEWAITE, L. SAMUELSON)

A world of models: review of Mary S. Morgan, The world in the model: how economists work and think (book review)

Journal of Economic Methodology, 2015, vol. 22, n° 2, pp 235-240,

Rationality and the Bayesian paradigm

Journal of Economic Methodology, September 2015, vol. 22, n° 3, pp 312-334,

Books

Analogies and Theories: Formal Models of Reasoning

Oxford University Press

Case-Based Predictions: An Axiomatic Approach to Prediction, Classification and Statistical Learning

World Scientific Publishers, Economic Theory Series

Making Better Decisions: Decision Theory in Practice

Wiley-Blackwell

Rational Choice

MIT Press

Theory of Decision under Uncertainty

Cambridge University Press

Uncertainty in Economic Theory (Ed.)

Routledge, London

A Theory of Case-Based Decisions

Cambridge University Press

Chapters edited in books

Uncertainty in Economic Theory - Essays in honour of David Schmeidler’s 65th birthday

Of Synthetic Finance: Three Essays Of Speculative Materialism, B. Lozano (Ed.), Routledge, London

Mental Accounting and the Absentminded Driver

The Psychology Of Economic Decisions, Vol.1 Rationality And Well-Being, I. Brocas and J. D. Carrillo (eds.), 127-136

Can Free Choice Be Known?

The Logic Of Strategy, C. Bicchieri, R. Jeffrey, B. Skyrms (eds.), Oxford University Press

Philosophical Applications of Kolmogorov's Complexity Measure

Logic And Philosophy Of Science In Uppsala, D. Prawitz, D. Westerstahl (eds.), Kluwer Academic Publishers, 236, 205-230

Decision Theory

Encyclopedia Of Political Science

Proceedings

Ambiguity and the Bayesian Approach

10th World Congress of the Econometric-Society , 2013 , Cambridge , I , 49 (M. MARINACCI)

A Note on the Consistency of Game Theory

Information and Meta Information

Working papers

Scientific articles

Perception‐Theoretic Foundations of Weighted Utilitarianism

Economic Journal, 2019, vol. 129, n° 620, pp 1511-1528, (in coll. with R. ARGENZIANO)

Rational status quo

Journal of Economic Theory, May 2019, vol. 181, pp 289-308, (in coll. with F. WANG)

Second-Order Induction in Prediction Problems

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS), May 2019, vol. 116, n° 21, pp 10323-10328, (in coll. with R. ARGENZIANO)

What are axiomatizations good for?

Theory and Decision, May 2019, vol. 86, pp 339–359, (in coll. with A. POSTLEWAITE, L. SAMUELSON, D. SCHMEIDLER)

Books

Analogies and Theories: Formal Models of Reasoning

Oxford University Press

Case-Based Predictions: An Axiomatic Approach to Prediction, Classification and Statistical Learning

World Scientific Publishers, Economic Theory Series

Making Better Decisions: Decision Theory in Practice

Wiley-Blackwell

Rational Choice

MIT Press

Chapters edited in books

Uncertainty in Economic Theory - Essays in honour of David Schmeidler’s 65th birthday

Of Synthetic Finance: Three Essays Of Speculative Materialism, B. Lozano (Ed.), Routledge, London

Mental Accounting and the Absentminded Driver

The Psychology Of Economic Decisions, Vol.1 Rationality And Well-Being, I. Brocas and J. D. Carrillo (eds.), 127-136

Can Free Choice Be Known?

The Logic Of Strategy, C. Bicchieri, R. Jeffrey, B. Skyrms (eds.), Oxford University Press

Philosophical Applications of Kolmogorov's Complexity Measure

Logic And Philosophy Of Science In Uppsala, D. Prawitz, D. Westerstahl (eds.), Kluwer Academic Publishers, 236, 205-230

Proceedings

Ambiguity and the Bayesian Approach

10th World Congress of the Econometric-Society , 2013 , Cambridge , I , 49 (M. MARINACCI)

A Note on the Consistency of Game Theory

Information and Meta Information

Working papers

Education

  • Ph.D. in Economy, Tel-Aviv University - Israel
  • M.A. in Economics, Tel-Aviv University - Israel
  • B.Sc. in Mathematics and Computer Science, Tel-Aviv University - Israel
  • B.A. in Economics, Tel-Aviv University - Israel

Academic appointments

Academic responsabilities at HEC

  • 2010- AXA Chair for Decision Sciences Professor HEC Paris
  • 2008- Professor HEC Paris
  • 2008- Member of GREGHEC (CNRS) HEC Paris

External Academic Responsabilities

  • 2011-2016 Holder of the ERC-2010-Advanced Grant project nb 269754 entitled 'UNIIND - A Unified Model of Induction' HEC Paris
  • 2009- Holder of the Chair in Economic Theory and Decision Theory Tel-Aviv University
  • 1997-2004 Professor, Eitan Berglas School of Economics and Recanati Business School Tel-Aviv University
  • 1997-1999 Professor, Department of Economics Boston University
  • 1995-1997 Visiting Professor, Department of Economics University of Pennsylvania
  • 1990-1992 Associate Professor of Decision Sciences (with tenure) Northwestern University, Kellogg Graduate School of Management
  • 1987-1990 Assistant Professor of Decision Sciences Northwestern University, Kellogg Graduate School of Management

Scientific Activities

Membership in Academic or Professional Organisation

  • Member of the Council of the Econometric Society
  • Member of the Game Theory Society Council
  • Chair of the Berglas School of Economics
  • Head of the Adi Lautman Interdisciplinary Program for Excellent Students
  • Chair of Junior Recruiting Committee
  • The Econometric Society
  • The Society for the Promotion of Economic Theory

Editorial activities

  • 2014- Co-Editor, Econometrica
  • January 2001-January 2007 Member, Editorial Board, Econometrica
  • 1996-2002 Member, Editorial Board, International Journal of Game Theory
  • 1994-2008 Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Economic Theory
  • 1991-2008 Member, Editorial Board, Games and Economic Behavior

  • Conference organisation

  • 2019-2019 Co-Organizer D-TEA (Decision: Theory, Experiments, and Applications) Workshop, Topic: Ambiguity, and Honoring David Schmeidler's 80th Birthday
  • 2018-2018 Co-Organizer D-TEA (Decision: Theory, Experiments, and Applications) Workshop, Topic: Modes of Decision Making, and Dedicated to the memory of Herbert A. Simon
  • 2017-2017 Co-Organizer D-TEA (Decisions: Theory, Experiments and Applications) Workshop, Topic: Voting Systems, and Dedicated to the memory of Kenneth J. Arrow
  • 2016-2016 Co-Organizer D-TEA (Decisions: Theory, Experiments and Applications) Workshop, Topic: Beyond Revealed Preference
  • 2015-2015 Co-Organizer D-TEA (Decisions: Theory, Experiments and Applications) Workshop, Topic: Decisions and Finance
  • 2014-2014 Co-Organizer D-TEA (Decisions: Theory, Experiments and Applications) Workshop, Topic: Individual Rationality, Group Rationality
  • 2013-2013 Co-Organizer D-TEA (Decisions: Theory, Experiments and Applications) Workshop, Topic: Ambiguity
  • 2012-2012 Co-Organizer D-TEA (Decisions: Theory, Experiments and Applications) Workshop, Topic: Decision Processes
  • 2011-2011 Co-Organizer D-TEA (Decisions: Theory, Experiments and Applications) Workshop, Topic: Utility - Its measurement and meaning
  • 2010-2010 Co-Organizer D-TEA (Decisions: Theory, Experiments and Applications) Workshop, Topic: Group Decisions
  • 2009-2009 Co-Organizer D-TEA (Decisions: Theory, Experiments and Applications) Workshop, Topic: Uncertainty
  • Awards & honors

    • 2014 HEC Foundation - 2014 Research Award
    • 2013 Fellow of the Society for Advancement of Economic Theory
    • 2000 Fellow of the Econometric Society
    • 1992 Sidney J. Levy Teaching Award
    • 1992 Frederic E. Nemmers Distinguished Professor of Decision Sciences
    • 1992 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship