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An update on Bayesian updating

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  • Holt, Charles A.
  • Smith, Angela M.

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This paper reports an experiment in which subjects are asked to assess probabilities for unknown events, with treatments that vary the extremity of the prior information. Probabilities are elicited using a Becker-DeGroot-Marshak procedure that does not depend on assumptions about risk aversion. The focus is on the pattern of biases in information processing.

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  • Holt, Charles A. & Smith, Angela M., 2009. "An update on Bayesian updating," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 69(2), pages 125-134, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jeborg:v:69:y:2009:i:2:p:125-134
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