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Discounting models for outcomes over continuous time

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  • Harvey, Charles M.
  • Østerdal, Lars Peter

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Events that occur over a period of time can be described either as sequences of outcomes at discrete times or as functions of outcomes in an interval of time. This paper presents discounting models for events of the latter type. Conditions on preferences are shown to be satisfied if and only if the preferences are represented by a function that is an integral of a discounting function times a scale defined on outcomes at instants of time.

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  • Harvey, Charles M. & Østerdal, Lars Peter, 2012. "Discounting models for outcomes over continuous time," Journal of Mathematical Economics, Elsevier, vol. 48(5), pages 284-294.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:mateco:v:48:y:2012:i:5:p:284-294
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jmateco.2012.07.001
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    1. Webb, Craig S., 2016. "Continuous quasi-hyperbolic discounting," Journal of Mathematical Economics, Elsevier, vol. 64(C), pages 99-106.
    2. Hara, Kazuhiro, 2016. "Characterization of stationary preferences in a continuous time framework," Journal of Mathematical Economics, Elsevier, vol. 63(C), pages 34-43.

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