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Payoff Dominance vs. Cognitive Transparency in Decision Making

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  • Irwin, Julie R, et al

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This paper reports on three laboratory experiments designed to investigate the roles of decision costs and rewards on the accuracy of economic decisions. The experimental vehicle is a purchase decision employing the Becker-DeGroot-Marshak (BDM) mechanism. The first experiment verifies the incentive-compatibility of the BDM in a pure induced-value setting; the second tests its performance under different information regimes and payoff schedules; the third addresses the role of feedback information. Steep payoff schedules are found to be necessary to optimizing behavior only in cases where subjects must search out an optimal strategy rather than being able to deduce it from information provided. Coauthors are Gary H. McClelland, Michael McKee, William D. Schulze, and N. Elizabeth Norden. Copyright 1998 by Oxford University Press.

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Article provided by Western Economic Association International in its journal Economic Inquiry.

Volume (Year): 36 (1998)
Issue (Month): 2 (April)
Pages: 272-85

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Handle: RePEc:oup:ecinqu:v:36:y:1998:i:2:p:272-85

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