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Quantum Type Indeterminacy in Dynamic Decision-Making: Self-Control through Identity Management


  • Ariane Lambert-Mogiliansky

    () (Paris School of Economics, 48 bd Jourdan, 75014 Paris, France)

  • Jerome Busemeyer

    () (Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47 468, USA)


The Type Indeterminacy model is a theoretical framework that uses some elements of quantum formalism to model the constructive preference perspective suggested by Kahneman and Tversky. In a dynamic decision context, type indeterminacy induces a game with multiple selves associated with a state transition process. We define a Markov perfect equilibrium among the selves with individual identity (preferences) as the state variable. The approach allows to characterize generic personality types and derive some comparative static results.

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  • Ariane Lambert-Mogiliansky & Jerome Busemeyer, 2012. "Quantum Type Indeterminacy in Dynamic Decision-Making: Self-Control through Identity Management," Games, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 3(2), pages 1-22, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:gam:jgames:v:3:y:2012:i:2:p:97-118:d:17759

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    1. Ariane Lambert-Mogiliansky & François Dubois, 2015. "Transparency in Public Life. A Quantum Cognition Perspective," PSE Working Papers halshs-01064980, HAL.

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    indeterminacy; decision-making; self-control; identity;

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    • C - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods
    • C7 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory
    • C70 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - General
    • C71 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Cooperative Games
    • C72 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Noncooperative Games
    • C73 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Stochastic and Dynamic Games; Evolutionary Games


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