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In formalizing a ‘veil of ignorance’ type procedure, this paper considers how an agentʼs preferences over a set of alternatives change as he is placed at an increasing ‘distance’ from the consequences of his choices. A definition for such ‘removed preferences’ is presented and its properties studied. As an application, it is demonstrated that present biased agents are ‘essentially’ exponential when distanced from the present, and that rank-dependent expected utility agents are ‘essentially’ expected utility when distanced from risk.

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  • Noor, Jawwad, 2013. "Removed preferences," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, vol. 148(4), pages 1463-1486.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jetheo:v:148:y:2013:i:4:p:1463-1486
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jet.2013.04.001
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    Keywords

    Psychological distance; Veil of ignorance; Behavioral welfare; Discounting; Probability weighting;

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    • D11 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Theory
    • D60 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - General

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