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Increasing workload in a stochastic environment

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  • Weinschenk, Philipp
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    We show that a steeply increasing workload before a deadline is compatible with time-consistent preferences. The key departure from the literature is that we consider a stochastic environment where success of effort is not guaranteed.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

    Volume (Year): 115 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 2 ()
    Pages: 286-288

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:115:y:2012:i:2:p:286-288

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    Keywords: Increasing workload; Deadline; Stochasticity;

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