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The behavioral life-cycle theory of consumer behavior: survey evidence

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  • Graham, Fred
  • Isaac, Alan G.

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We find that survey evidence on faculty pay-cycle choice strongly contradicts the neoclassical theory of consumer behavior. It is more favorable to the behavioral life-cycle theory of Shefrin and Thaler (1988).
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  • Graham, Fred & Isaac, Alan G., 2002. "The behavioral life-cycle theory of consumer behavior: survey evidence," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 48(4), pages 391-401, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jeborg:v:48:y:2002:i:4:p:391-401
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    • D12 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis

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