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Decision, Contract, and Emotion: Some Economics for a Complex and Confusing World

  • W. Bentley MacLeod

This essay illustrates that is if Leonard J. Savage's (1972) small world assumption is relaxed, one can construct a theory of bounded rationality that incorporates some of the insights from recent work in cognitive psychology. The theory can be used to explain why contracts are incomplete and the existence of endowment effects in exchange.

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Article provided by Canadian Economics Association in its journal Canadian Journal of Economics.

Volume (Year): 29 (1996)
Issue (Month): 4 (November)
Pages: 788-810

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