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Preference for Information and Dynamic Consistency

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  • Simon Grant

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  • Atsushi Kajii

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  • Ben Polak

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We provide necessary and sufficient conditions for a dynamically consistent agent always to prefer more informative signals (in single-agent problems). These conditions do not imply recursivity, reduction or independence. We provide a simple definition of dynamically consistent behavior, and we discuss whether an intrinsic information lover (say, an anxious person) is likely to be dynamically consistent.

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Theory and Decision.

Volume (Year): 48 (2000)
Issue (Month): 3 (May)
Pages: 263-286

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Handle: RePEc:kap:theord:v:48:y:2000:i:3:p:263-286

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Keywords: Information; Non-expected utility; Dynamic consistency; Randomization; Anxiety;

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