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Is it Betrayal Aversion or Regret Aversion ?


  • Itzhak Aharon


Social and economic exchanges often occur between strangers who cannot rely on past behavior or the prospect of future interactions to establish mutual trust. Game theorists formalize this problem in several "one-shot” game – such as the trust game - predicting noncooperation – since the investor is not expecting trustee to reciprocate it is not rationally to invest. Bohnet and Zeckhauser (2004) suggest that, due to betrayal aversion, people seek to avoid situation in which one could be betrayed. We argue that this behavior could emerge also due to regret aversion. JEL Classification: A12, A13, D81.

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  • Itzhak Aharon, 2012. "Is it Betrayal Aversion or Regret Aversion ?," Recherches économiques de Louvain, De Boeck Université, vol. 78(3), pages 101-114.
  • Handle: RePEc:cai:reldbu:rel_783_0101

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    trust; game theory; betrayal aversion; regret aversion; decision making; risk; gambling;

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    • A12 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Relation of Economics to Other Disciplines
    • A13 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Relation of Economics to Social Values
    • D81 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty


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