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Myopic risk-seeking: The impact of narrow decision bracketing on lottery play

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  • Emily Haisley
  • Romel Mostafa
  • George Loewenstein

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  • Emily Haisley & Romel Mostafa & George Loewenstein, 2008. "Myopic risk-seeking: The impact of narrow decision bracketing on lottery play," Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, Springer, vol. 37(1), pages 57-75, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:jrisku:v:37:y:2008:i:1:p:57-75 DOI: 10.1007/s11166-008-9041-1
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    Keywords

    Decision framing; Bracketing; State lotteries; Myopic loss aversion; Peanuts effect; Gambling; C91; D81; I30;

    JEL classification:

    • C91 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Individual Behavior
    • D81 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty
    • I30 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General

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