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A note on the Loewenstein-Prelec theory of intertemporal choice

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  • al-Nowaihi, Ali
  • Dhami, Sanjit

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In one of the major contributions to behavioral economics, Loewenstein and Prelec (1992) set the foundations for the behavioral approach to decision making over time. We correct a number of errors in Loewenstein and Prelec (1992). Furthermore, we provide a correct, more direct and simpler derivation of their generalized hyperbolic discounting formula that has formed the basis of much recent work on temporal choice.
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  • al-Nowaihi, Ali & Dhami, Sanjit, 2006. "A note on the Loewenstein-Prelec theory of intertemporal choice," Mathematical Social Sciences, Elsevier, vol. 52(1), pages 99-108, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:matsoc:v:52:y:2006:i:1:p:99-108
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    1. Nina Anchugina & Matthew Ryan & Arkadii Slinko, 2016. "Aggregating time preferences with decreasing impatience," Papers 1604.01819, arXiv.org.
    2. Ali al-Nowaihi & Sanjit Dhami, 2007. "Increasing elasticity of the value function in the Loewenstein-Prelec theory of intertemporal choice," Discussion Papers in Economics 07/13, Department of Economics, University of Leicester.
    3. Pushpa, Rathie & Carlos, Radavelli & Sergio, Da Silva, 2006. "Sharpening Intertemporal Prospect Theory," MPRA Paper 1849, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    4. repec:eee:ecolet:v:155:y:2017:i:c:p:140-143 is not listed on IDEAS
    5. Ali al-Nowaihi & Sanjit Dhami, 2013. "Foundations and Properties of Time Discount Functions," Discussion Papers in Economics 13/27, Department of Economics, University of Leicester.
    6. Ali al-Nowaihi & Sanjit Dhami, 2006. "A Note On Generalized Hyperbolic Discounting," Discussion Papers in Economics 06/10, Department of Economics, University of Leicester.
    7. Scholten, Marc & Read, Daniel, 2006. "Beyond discounting: the tradeoff model of intertemporal choice," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 22710, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
    8. Ali al-Nowaihi & Sanjit Dhami, 2007. "Explaining the anomalies of the exponential discounted utility model," Discussion Papers in Economics 07/09, Department of Economics, University of Leicester.
    9. Ali al-Nowaihi & Sanjit Dhami, 2013. "A Theory of Reference Time," Discussion Papers in Economics 13/26, Department of Economics, University of Leicester.
    10. Lidia Ceriani & Chiara Gigliarano, 2015. "An Inter-temporal Relative Deprivation Index," Social Indicators Research: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal for Quality-of-Life Measurement, Springer, pages 427-443.
    11. Ali al-Nowaihi & Sanjit Dhami, 2008. "A general theory of time discounting: The reference-time theory of intertemporal choice," Discussion Papers in Economics 08/34, Department of Economics, University of Leicester.
    12. Strohhecker, Jürgen & Größler, Andreas, 2013. "Do personal traits influence inventory management performance?—The case of intelligence, personality, interest and knowledge," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 142(1), pages 37-50.
    13. repec:dau:papers:123456789/6511 is not listed on IDEAS

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    • C60 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - General
    • D91 - Microeconomics - - Micro-Based Behavioral Economics - - - Role and Effects of Psychological, Emotional, Social, and Cognitive Factors on Decision Making

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