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On the Impulse in Impulse Learning

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  • Jieyao Ding

    (Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods, Bonn)

  • Andreas Nicklisch

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    (University of Hamburg, School of Business, Economics and Social Science)

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    This paper experimentally investigates the nature of impulses in impulse learning. Particularly, we analyze whether positive feedback (i.e., yielding a superior payo in a game) or negative feedback (i.e., yielding an inferior payo in a game) leads to a systematic change in the individual choices. The results reveal that subjects predominantly learn from negative feedback.

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    Paper provided by Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods in its series Working Paper Series of the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods with number 2013_02.

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    Date of creation: Feb 2013
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    Keywords: learning; Aspiration level; Impulse; Reinforcement; Stimulus;

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