A Simple Game Model of Kidnapping

  • Reinhard Selten
Part of the Theory and Decision Library C book series (TDLC, volume 2)


Hostage taking situations such as kidnapping a rich person in order to extort ransom money undoubtedly have some game theoretical aspects. In the following a very simple game model will be developed which cannot claim to be more than a first attempt to gain some insight into the strategic problems faced by a kidnapper — he will be called player K — and by the hostage’s family, called player F who has to pay the ransom money.


Potential Hostage Profitable Opportunity Degree Line Optimal Demand Optimal Offer 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Reinhard Selten
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  1. 1.Universität BielefeldBielefeldGermany

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