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Bounded Rationality, Ambiguity, and the Engineering of Choice

  • James G. March
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    Rational choice involves two guesses, a guess about uncertain future consequences and a guess about uncertain future preferences. Partly as a result of behavioral studies of choice over a twenty-year period, modifications in the way the theory deals with the first guess have become organized into conceptions of bounded rationality. Recently behavioral studies of choice have examined the second guess, the way preferences are processed in choice behavior. These studies suggest possible modifications in standard assumptions about taste and their role in choice. This paper examines some of those modifications, some possible approaches to working on them, and some complications.

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    Article provided by The RAND Corporation in its journal Bell Journal of Economics.

    Volume (Year): 9 (1978)
    Issue (Month): 2 (Autumn)
    Pages: 587-608

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