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Getting used to it: The adaptive global utility model

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  • Bradford, W. David
  • Dolan, Paul

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This paper expands the standard model of utility maximization to endogenize the ubiquitous phenomenon of adaptation. We assume that total utility is an aggregate function of the utility associated with different domains of life, with relative weights that are optimized according to the effort that the individual expends on producing utility in each domain. Comparative statics from the general maximization problem demonstrate that the traditional Slutsky equation should incorporate an additional response term to account for adaptation processes. Our adaptive global utility maximization model can be used to explain responses to changes in health.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Health Economics.

Volume (Year): 29 (2010)
Issue (Month): 6 (December)
Pages: 811-820

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Handle: RePEc:eee:jhecon:v:29:y:2010:i:6:p:811-820

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Keywords: Utility maximization Adaptation Behavioral economics;

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  1. The ‘Q’ in the QALY: are we fudging it?
    by Chris Sampson in The Academic Health Economists' Blog on 2013-09-30 05:30:34
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  1. Paul Dolan & Richard Layard & Robert Metcalfe, 2011. "Measuring Subjective Wellbeing for Public Policy: Recommendations on Measures," CEP Special Papers 23, Centre for Economic Performance, LSE.
  2. Dolan, Paul & Kavetsos, Georgios & Tsuchiya, Aki, 2013. "Sick but satisfied: The impact of life and health satisfaction on choice between health scenarios," Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier, vol. 32(4), pages 708-714.
  3. Lee, Henry & Vlaev, Ivo & King, Dominic & Mayer, Erik & Darzi, Ara & Dolan, Paul, 2013. "Subjective well-being and the measurement of quality in healthcare," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 99(C), pages 27-34.
  4. Mario García Molina & Liliana Alejandra Chicaíza Becerra, 2013. "Felicidad:¿reemplazar o mejorar la utilidad subjetiva?," REVISTA CUADERNOS DE ECONOMÍA, UN - RCE - CID.
  5. Dolan, P.; & Lordan, G.;, 2013. "Moving up and sliding down: An empirical assessment of the effect of social mobility on subjective wellbeing," Health, Econometrics and Data Group (HEDG) Working Papers 13/08, HEDG, c/o Department of Economics, University of York.

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