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Dynamic theory of preferences: Habit formation and taste for variety


  • Rustichini, Aldo
  • Siconolfi, Paolo


We analyze individual preferences over infinite horizon consumption choices. Our axioms provide the foundation for a recursive representation of the utility function that contains as particular cases the classical Koopmans representation (Koopmans (1960)) as well as the habit formation specification.

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  • Rustichini, Aldo & Siconolfi, Paolo, 2014. "Dynamic theory of preferences: Habit formation and taste for variety," Journal of Mathematical Economics, Elsevier, vol. 55(C), pages 55-68.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:mateco:v:55:y:2014:i:c:p:55-68 DOI: 10.1016/j.jmateco.2014.10.002

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