Deliberate Ignorance

From Strüngmann Forum Reports

Deliberate Ignorance

Choosing Not to Know

Edited by Ralph Hertwig and Christoph Engel





Forthcoming from the MIT Press


$45.00 X ISBN: 9780262045599 396 pp. | 6 in x 9 in 15 b&w illus.


Ralph Hertwig

Ralph Hertwig is Director of the Center for Adaptive Rationality at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin.

Christoph Engel

Christoph Engel is Director of the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods, Bonn, and a member of the Faculty of Law and Economics at the University of Bonn. He is the author of Generating Predictability: Institutional Analysis and Design and other books.


  • What do people want to know? This is one of the deepest and most fascinating questions in all of social science. Focusing on deliberate ignorance, Hertwig and Engel offer new and fundamental answers to that question. This book is a major step forward.

    Cass Sunstein

    Robert Walmsley University Professor, Harvard University; author of Too Much Information

  • Is more information desirable? In classical economics, the answer is yes. This book provides compelling theory and examples from medicine, law, and politics to show that, in reality, people often prefer to be uninformed. The result is a fascinating read.

    Oliver Hart

    Harvard University; Nobel Laureate in Economics, 2016