The Oregon Paradox
Expected-utility theory can explain why people who are terminally ill often feel a surge in wellbeing and hope to live longer when they have the option of legally ending their lives. Behavioral theories, however, may better answer larger questions such as why so few terminally-ill people bother to get that option.
Volume (Year): 39 (2010)
Issue (Month): 2 (April)
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