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THE PODCAST BY TWS PARTNERS

OUR GAME THEORY PODCAST

In Game Changer, the podcast by TWS Partners, we want to share our enthusiasm and passion for game theory and its applications.

We invite guests from business and academia to discuss how they use the power of game theory in their profession to make a difference – and to learn some fun anecdotes, useful facts and valuable insights along the way. Join us on this journey, and find out that game theory is much more than a topic for ivory tower discussions.

BACKWARD INDUCTION, CHILD PENALTIES AND THE GENDER PAY GAP | WITH CARLOTTA PILGRAM
April 12, 2022
April 12, 2022

In this episode we are talking to Carlotta Pilgram, Consultant at TWS Partners and Economics graduate from Lund University in Sweden. We discuss the role of Game Theory in analysing the gender pay gap, the current state of research, why many intuitive explanations have little explanatory power and what measures can be taken to reduce payment differences which can be traced back to gender.

Carlotta Pilgram works as a Consultant at TWS Partners. Previously she has studied Economics at Lund University in Sweden, focusing on gender Economics and in particular payment inequality. She finished her Master’s degree with her thesis entitled “Are Women leaving their Jobs before they are actually leaving”, where she analysed potential economic causes for the gender pay gap.

During the interview, Carlotta refers to a study by Marianne Bertrand et. al. from 2010, which can be found here.

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GOOD INTENTIONS, BAD OUTCOMES: WHY GAME THEORY MATTERS IN POLICY MAKING | WITH HANNAH RUBIN
March 29, 2022
March 29, 2022

In this episode we are talking to Hannah Rubin about policy making, incentive structures and Game Theory in the world of sciences. Together we dig into why policies set up with the best intentions can backfire when existing incentive structures are not taken into account, e.g. when it comes to the goal of increasing diversity in grant applications, and how these policies could be improved. We discuss more generally what it takes to break out of existing structures in sciences such as e.g. the so called “peer-review-system”.

Hannah Rubin works as an Assistant Professor at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana. She is an Evolutionary Game Theorist, Philosopher of Biology and Philosopher of Science. In her research she uses game theory to understand how social structures come to be and how they evolve over time.

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WHAT KEEPS OUR LIGHTS ON? STRATEGIC INTERACTIONS IN THE ELECTRICITY MARKET | WITH PETER CRAMTON
March 15, 2022
March 15, 2022

In this episode, we talk to Peter Cramton about the electricity market. We discuss the 2021 Texas electricity crisis that left millions of Texans without electricity for four extremely cold days. Peter explains how understanding the crisis is important for markets everywhere. He shares with us that a reliable gas supply is essential for resilient electricity and Europe must reduce its dependence on Russian gas.

Peter Cramton is Professor of Economics at the University of Cologne and the University of Maryland. His research is focused on auctions and market design. Applications include communications, electricity, and financial markets. His innovative market designs are seen worldwide.

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CHESS, COMPUTERS AND GAME THEORY | WITH DANIEL KING
March 01, 2022
March 01, 2022

The game of chess has been around for centuries and still hasn’t lost its touch which is demonstrated by the sheer number of professional and non-professional players and countless pop culture references. In this episode chess grandmaster Daniel King walks us through his very own journey from being a professional chess player to becoming author, live commentator and YouTuber and what it takes to come up with the perfect strategy. We talk about why chess theoretically can be solved but still hasn’t lost its appeal as one of the most popular board games in history and how professional players’ strategies have evolved due to the rise of powerful computers and machine learning.

Daniel King is known for being an English chess grandmaster, a well-known chess live commentator, an award-winning author of several books, a freelance journalist and many more. On top of that he has his own YouTube channel called PowerPlayChess where he shares knowledge and passion for all things chess.

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WHAT TWITTER CAN TEACH US ABOUT IDENTITY SIGNALING | WITH PAUL SMALDINO
February 15, 2022
February 15, 2022

In this episode we talk to Paul Smaldino about identity signaling. He walks us through its definition, the most common examples of identity signaling like language or fashion choices and how game theory can be used to model it. He explains why it is sometimes wise to signal covertly rather than overtly, how this depends on the heterogeneity of groups and what experimental evidence from Twitter has to say about all this.

Paul Smaldino is associate professor of cognitive and information sciences at UC Merced. His research interests include social and cultural evolution, cooperation, communication, and the philosophy of sciences. He studies the feedback between individual behaviors and the sociocultural environments in which they are situated, using both empirical studies and theoretical models (e.g. Game Theory models).

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