Microeconomics and the game of life.

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Modesty resulted in Alvin Roth pretending surprise, but his Nobel Prize for economics was not completely unexpected because he ranked highly on a shortlist of candidates compiled every year by economic scholars. Roth shares the prize with Lloyd Shapley, a pioneer in microeconomics who in turn had worked together with Graham Nash, one of the founders of this discipline, father of the famous “Nash-equilibrium” and recipient of the Nobel Prize in 1994.