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The value of (bounded) memory in a changing world

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  • Daniel Monte

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  • Maher Said

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This paper explores the value of memory in decision making in dynamic environments. We examine the decision problem faced by an agent with bounded memory who receives a sequence of signals from a partially observable Markov decision process. We characterize environments in which the optimal memory consists of only two states. In addition, we show that the marginal value of additional memory states need not be positive and may even be negative in the absence of free disposal. Copyright Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2014

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Article provided by Springer & Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory (SAET) in its journal Economic Theory.

Volume (Year): 56 (2014)
Issue (Month): 1 (May)
Pages: 59-82

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Handle: RePEc:spr:joecth:v:56:y:2014:i:1:p:59-82
DOI: 10.1007/s00199-013-0771-1
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