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Is Status Quo Bias Consistent With Downward-Sloping Demand?




"We show that status quo bias combined with downward-sloping demand implies addictive behavior. This result does not depend on transitivity, a complete ordering, or even the existence of a preference relation that rationalizes choices." ("JEL" D11, D81) Copyright (c) 2007 Western Economic Association International.

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  • Donald Wittman, 2008. "Is Status Quo Bias Consistent With Downward-Sloping Demand?," Economic Inquiry, Western Economic Association International, vol. 46(2), pages 283-288, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:ecinqu:v:46:y:2008:i:2:p:283-288

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    JEL classification:

    • D11 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Theory
    • D81 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty


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