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Simple and Inertial Behavior: An Optimizing Decision Model with Imprecise Perceptions


  • Vega-Redondo, Fernando


Simplicity and inertial (or status-quo) bias are common features of actual decision rules used by real-life agents. In this paper, we provide one possible rationale for these features in terms of a model in which the decision maker is subject to imprecise perceptions about the consequences of action that differ from (an already experienced) status quo.

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  • Vega-Redondo, Fernando, 1993. "Simple and Inertial Behavior: An Optimizing Decision Model with Imprecise Perceptions," Economic Theory, Springer;Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory (SAET), vol. 3(1), pages 87-98, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:joecth:v:3:y:1993:i:1:p:87-98

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