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Transitive regret

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  • Bikhchandani, Sushil

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    (School of Management, University of California, Los Angeles)

  • Segal, Uzi

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    (Department of Economics, Boston College)

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Preferences may arise from regret, i.e., from comparisons with alternatives forgone by the decision maker. We ask whether regret-based behavior is consistent with non-expected utility theories of transitive choice and show that the answer is no. If choices are governed by ex ante regret and rejoicing then non-expected utility preferences must be intransitive.

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Article provided by Econometric Society in its journal Theoretical Economics.

Volume (Year): 6 (2011)
Issue (Month): 1 (January)
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Handle: RePEc:the:publsh:738

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Keywords: Regret; transitivity; non-expected utility;

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