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Thinking Ahead: The Decision Problem

  • Patrick Bolton
  • Antoine Faure-Grimaud

We propose a model of costly decision making based on time-costs of deliberating current and future decisions. We model an individual decision-maker's thinking process as a thought-experiment that takes time, and lets the decision maker 'think ahead' about future decision problems in yet unrealized states of nature. By formulating an intertemporal, state-contingent, planning problem which may involve costly deliberation in every state of nature, and by letting the decision maker deliberate ahead of the realization of a state, we attempt to capture the basic observation that individuals generally do not think through a complete action plan. Instead, individuals prioritize their thinking and leave deliberations on less important decisions to the time or event when they arise. Copyright 2009, Wiley-Blackwell.

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Volume (Year): 76 (2009)
Issue (Month): 4 ()
Pages: 1205-1238

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