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Are bygones bygones?

  • Robin Cubitt

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  • Maria Ruiz-Martos
  • Chris Starmer

The paper reports an experiment which tests the principle of separability, i.e. that behaviour in a dynamic choice problem is independent of history and of unreachable eventualities. Although this is a standard principle of decision theory, it can be questioned on grounds suggested by non-expected utility models of choice under risk and by the psychology of affective influences on risk-taking. Our experimental design, which provides between-subjects tests of separability using three treatments in which the history preceding a decision is manipulated, is inspired by these concerns. But, we find no significant evidence of violation of separability.

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Theory and Decision.

Volume (Year): 73 (2012)
Issue (Month): 2 (August)
Pages: 185-202

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Handle: RePEc:kap:theord:v:73:y:2012:i:2:p:185-202
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