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The Revealed Preference Theory of Changing Tastes


  • Faruk Gul
  • Wolfgang Pesendorfer


We analyse preferences over finite decision problems in order to model decision-makers with "changing tastes". we provide conditions on these preferences that identify the Strotz model of consistent planning. building on an example given by Peleg and Yaari (1973) , we show that for problems with infinitely many choices, Strotz's representation of preferences may not be well defined. For that case, we propose a well-defined approximation which is empirically indistinguishable from the Strotz preference that is being approximated. Copyright 2005, Wiley-Blackwell.

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  • Faruk Gul & Wolfgang Pesendorfer, 2005. "The Revealed Preference Theory of Changing Tastes," The Review of Economic Studies, Review of Economic Studies Ltd, vol. 72(2), pages 429-448.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:restud:v:72:y:2005:i:2:p:429-448

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