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The Effect of Affect and Economic and Strategic Decision Making

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  • Hermalin, Benjamin E.
  • Isen, Alice M.

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The standard economic model of decision making assumes a decision maker makes her choices to maximize her utility or happiness. Her current emotional state is not explicitly considered. Yet there is a large psychological literature that shows that current emotional state, in particular positive affect, has a significant effect on decision making. This paper offers a way to incorporate this insight from psychology into economic modeling. Moreover, this paper shows that this simple insight can parsimoniously explain a wide variety of behaviors.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, Institute for Business and Economic Research, UC Berkeley in its series Department of Economics, Working Paper Series with number qt4fn1b57s.

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Date of creation: 01 Dec 1999
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Handle: RePEc:cdl:econwp:qt4fn1b57s

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Keywords: affect; morale; emotion; Social and Behavioral Sciences;

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