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Rationalization

  • Sandroni, Alvaro

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    (MEDS Department, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University)

  • Cherepavov, Vadim

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    (Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania)

  • Feddersen, Timothy

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    (MEDS Department, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University)

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    In 1908 the Welsh neurologist and psychoanlayst Ernest Jones described human beings as rationalizers whose behavior is governed by "the necessity of providing an explanation." We construct a formal and testable model of rationalization in which a decision maker selects her preferred alternative from among those that she can rationalize.

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    Volume (Year): 8 (2013)
    Issue (Month): 3 (September)
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    Handle: RePEc:the:publsh:970
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