Edoardo Grillo

Edoardo Grillo
Edoardo Grillo is the Unicredit & Universities Foscolo Fellow at Collegio Carlo Alberto, Turin. He holds a PhD in Economics from Princeton University and his fields of research include game theory, political economics and behavioral economics. His more recent papers investigate how behavioral biases and social concerns affect electoral competitions and educational attainments.

War with crazy types

Is it possible that Bashar al-Assad is simply just crazy? Of course, it is always more likely than not that a political leader is in fact rational – even for the likes of Kim Jong-un, Muammar Gaddafi, and Saddam Hussein. But can we always be 100% certain that a given policymaker is rational? The odds that he or she is crazy may be low – like 5%, 1% or even a tenth of a percent – but they are not 0% for every leader.

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