I am working on a formal model for my dissertation and everybody I talk to says game theory was big 20 years ago. Nobody does it anymore. Is the time commitment to build up formal theory skills worth it?
Is game theory over?

I am working on a formal model for my dissertation and everybody I talk to says game theory was big 20 years ago. Nobody does it anymore. Is the time commitment to build up formal theory skills worth it?
Formal models are useless tripe just to show your math skills. You can write a theory like a normal human being and advance the same point in a way everyone can understand you without needing a formal model.
Most formal theory I have seen is either full of unrealistic assumptions, generating a useless theory, or decent models that aren't tested against reality. Gtfo with your models and use words like an actual person.

I am working on a formal model for my dissertation and everybody I talk to says game theory was big 20 years ago. Nobody does it anymore. Is the time commitment to build up formal theory skills worth it?
Formal models are useless tripe just to show your math skills. You can write a theory like a normal human being and advance the same point in a way everyone can understand you without needing a formal model.
Most formal theory I have seen is either full of unrealistic assumptions, generating a useless theory, or decent models that aren't tested against reality. Gtfo with your models and use words like an actual person.Lol.

I am working on a formal model for my dissertation and everybody I talk to says game theory was big 20 years ago. Nobody does it anymore. Is the time commitment to build up formal theory skills worth it?
Formal models are useless tripe just to show your math skills. You can write a theory like a normal human being and advance the same point in a way everyone can understand you without needing a formal model.
Most formal theory I have seen is either full of unrealistic assumptions, generating a useless theory, or decent models that aren't tested against reality. Gtfo with your models and use words like an actual person.Lol.
LOL !!!

I am working on a formal model for my dissertation and everybody I talk to says game theory was big 20 years ago. Nobody does it anymore. Is the time commitment to build up formal theory skills worth it?
Formal models are useless tripe just to show your math skills. You can write a theory like a normal human being and advance the same point in a way everyone can understand you without needing a formal model.
Most formal theory I have seen is either full of unrealistic assumptions, generating a useless theory, or decent models that aren't tested against reality. Gtfo with your models and use words like an actual person.Me actual person, so me put theory on TikTok. No one read article or care book. Politics theory made in short video with cool dance like normal person.

Formal models are useless tripe just to show your math skills. You can write a theory like a normal human being and advance the same point in a way everyone can understand you without needing a formal model.
Most formal theory I have seen is either full of unrealistic assumptions, generating a useless theory, or decent models that aren't tested against reality. Gtfo with your models and use words like an actual person.Counterpoint: Who would want to read 7 pages of theory written by this guy? Just show me the model, bro.

It’s over if you’re not good at it, and most political scientists never were. A few are and it’s good to have them around even if they’re annoying.
The point of formal theory is to aid in the development of a cumulative science. If formal theory is not broadly useful, it's not useful.

I am working on a formal model for my dissertation and everybody I talk to says game theory was big 20 years ago. Nobody does it anymore. Is the time commitment to build up formal theory skills worth it?
Formal models are useless tripe just to show your math skills. You can write a theory like a normal human being and advance the same point in a way everyone can understand you without needing a formal model.
Most formal theory I have seen is either full of unrealistic assumptions, generating a useless theory, or decent models that aren't tested against reality. Gtfo with your models and use words like an actual person.
Of course the assumptions are unrealistic. The model is meant to be a simplification of the world, not a carbon copy. That simplicity is a feature, not a bug! By including only the features of the world you think are first order important for the question you’re asking, you produce a tractable way to answer the question. The model also lets you trace chains of cause and effect to explain why that answer arises. Furthermore, you can predict what the results of potential policy changes would be (even if such policy experiments have never been performed in real life).
—an economist (I know, shoot me)

1. It is over. Some people still do it and let each other publish, but really no one else cares.
2. There were always many problems with it and it warped things when it was trendy.
3. It faded NOT because of #2 the problems were always obvious but just because experiments/causal inference became the new oppressive fad, one that is even narrower and more distorting, which I admit I didn't think was possible. One day it will be something else. Party ID will still be Party ID and merrily we roll along.

1. It is over. Some people still do it and let each other publish, but really no one else cares.
2. There were always many problems with it and it warped things when it was trendy.
3. It faded NOT because of #2 the problems were always obvious but just because experiments/causal inference became the new oppressive fad, one that is even narrower and more distorting, which I admit I didn't think was possible. One day it will be something else. Party ID will still be Party ID and merrily we roll along.What are the many problems with it?

1. It is over. Some people still do it and let each other publish, but really no one else cares.
2. There were always many problems with it and it warped things when it was trendy.
3. It faded NOT because of #2 the problems were always obvious but just because experiments/causal inference became the new oppressive fad, one that is even narrower and more distorting, which I admit I didn't think was possible. One day it will be something else. Party ID will still be Party ID and merrily we roll along.Another aspect that causal inference/experiments distorted even further: they excluded virtually 90% of the field from accessing the sufficient funds to field them.