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A cognitive model of individual well-being

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  • Itzhak Gilboa

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    (Department of Economics and Recanati School of Business, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv 69978, Israel)

  • David Schmeidler

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    (Department of Statistics and Recanati School of Business, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel, and Department of Economics, Ohio State University, Ohio, OH, USA)

Abstract

This paper offers a model of individual well-being that takes into account cognitive factors. It postulates that individuals compare payoffs to aspiration levels. The latter are determined by past experiences (adaptation), by other people's performance (interpersonal comparison), as well as by reasoning (justifications and excuses). We axiomatize a measure of well-being defined on real-valued vectors of various lengths. It is a linear combination of differences between payoffs and aspiration levels, where the aspiration level at each instance is a linear function of past payoffs.

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Social Choice and Welfare.

Volume (Year): 18 (2001)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 269-288

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Handle: RePEc:spr:sochwe:v:18:y:2001:i:2:p:269-288

Note: Received: 3 April 1998/Accepted: 23 March 1999
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