How can humans and chimpanzees use their smarts to improve their societies? Nobel Laureate Roger Myerson and National Geographic Emerging Explorer Jill Pruetz share insights into how humans and chimps share information, resolve conflicts, and build social groups.
Roger Myerson is the Glen A. Lloyd Distinguished Service Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago.
Professor Myerson has made seminal contributions to the fields of
economics and political science. In game theory, he introduced
refinements of Nash's equilibrium concept, and he developed techniques
to characterize the effects of communication when individuals have
different information. His analysis of incentive constraints in economic
communication introduced some of the fundamental ideas in mechanism
design theory, including the revelation principle and the
revenue-equivalence theorem in auctions and bargaining. Professor
Myerson has also applied game-theoretic tools to political science,
analyzing how political incentives can be affected by different
electoral systems and constitutional structures.
Myerson is the author of Game Theory: Analysis of Conflict (1991) and Probability Models for Economic Decisions (2005). He also has published numerous articles in Econometrica, the Journal of Economic Theory, Games and Decisions, and the International Journal of Game Theory, for which he served as an editorial board member for 10 years.
Professor Myerson has a PhD from Harvard University and taught
for 25 years in the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern
University before coming to the University of Chicago in 2001. He is a
member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the National
Academy of Sciences. In 2007, he was awarded the 2007 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in recognition of his contributions to mechanism design theory.
Dr. Jill Pruetz is the Walvoord Professor of Liberal Arts & Sciences (Anthropology) at Iowa State University. As a primatologist, Dr. Pruetz has studied the behavior of non-human primates such as chimpanzees, spider monkeys, howling monkeys, tamarins, patas monkeys, and vervets in various locales. She is interested in the influence of ecology on primate and early human feeding, ranging, and social behavior. She currently has an ongoing research project in southeastern Senegal to study chimpanzees in a habitat similar to that of early hominids.
Dr. Jill Pruetz, Walvoord Professor of Liberal Arts & Sciences (Anthropology) at Iowa State University, compares the social order of chimpanzees in Africa to that of human society. Pruetz highlights how the chimps demonstrate tolerance and sharing behaviors, traits that humans sometimes lack.